Monday, April 30, 2018

Down a lazy river with Pointillism

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This piece measures 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas.

I recently attended a workshop with Claudia Hartley at the Sedona Art Center.  Claudia has a very engaging style and this image is the first piece I completed under her instruction.

There was so much to learn but I think my biggest takeaway was to not underestimate my ability.

This was my first time working extensively with heavy body acrylic paint.  I was skeptical about acrylic paint in such a dry climate.  I've always used the Golden Open Acrylic products and love them.  They still hold a special place in my heart for those times when I want to blend and glaze but for this method the heavy body paints are sure the star of the show.

"AFTER" I completed this course of study with Claudia I backtracked to learn a little more about the "pointillist" style of painting.

Notable artists who have used the style are:  Georges Serurat, Camille Pissaro and Vincent Van Gogh, all shown below....
Georges Serurat - 1888, La Récolte des pommes, oil on canvas, 61 x 74 cm, Dallas Museum of Art

Camille Pissaro - 1888, La Récolte des pommes, oil on canvas, 61 x 74 cm, Dallas Museum of Art

Vincent Van Gogh - Self Portrait, 1887, using pointillist technique.

On the surface you would think this is an easy technique to master but looks are love for this style stems from my enjoyment of achieving bright a sparkling color along with a pleasant meditative zone I so easily drop into when I'm creating art in this style.

My decision to work with Claudia Hartley was not founded in any thought-out process.  I saw her work and made the decision "".

Every time I have listened to my heart, followed my gut, the result has been nothing short of wonderful.  If you haven't tried it yet, I'd highly recommend it.

I hope this finds you all happily going about whatever it is that makes you whole.

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