As a member of the NZ Art Guild, I try to take their challenges as often as I can. Sometimes it is about using a particular style or technique, sometimes it is about being inspired by a certain artist. The most recent Master’s Month artist was George Morandi. I had not heard of him, so some research was needed. You can see some of his work here.
I had two attempts at this; the first was a watercolour which focused on the way he let shapes run into each other by using wet in wet colours. Morandi’s watercolours also had a lot of white space, and quite distinct shapes.
For my second attempt I reworked one of his oil paintings as a collage using hand painted paper, scrapbook papers, glue, ink and pen. The collage won the ‘most creative use of the theme’ award.
The idea of painting like established historic artists is truely an expanding exercise. I wish our guild had similar objectives. Here the guild is primarily interested in making “professional art” suitable for sale. I think a non-pofit guild should be meaningful for all. Professional guilds should pay tax. My opinions are making me very unpopular her.
Fantastic – and well done!
Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I’m really enjoying taking a look at your art.
These are wonderful, Cath. I love the transparent watercolour applied to Morandi composition. You’ve just reminded me how much I love his work. You’ve also inspired me to try this exercise in my explorations with gouache. Thank you!