Memory and Painting

Matisse, his Notes of a Painter he does not endorse working purely from nature or purely from imagination. He states, “… I think that one can judge the vitality and power of an artist who, after having received impressions directly from the spectacle of nature, is able to organize his sensations to continue his work in […]

Rescued Cacti

For the longest time, the bowl of cacti sat by the side of the house. Most of the other plants in my cactus/succulent garden had died. I thought the cacti were dead too. They were half submerged in the dirt, gray looking, no green anywhere. I put the round pot back in the sunlight on […]

Abstract 072917

Today was one of those days of painter’s block.  I wanted to use black as a separator between different spaces on the paper. The models were Matisse’s The Moroccans and Bathers by a River. In reading about these paintings John Elderfield, in Henri Matisse: A Retrospective (Museum of Modern Art 1992), established a connection between Matisse’s spatial […]

Now Presenting…

The painting below is a combination of painted, inked and white-space-preserved swirls. Although I am reading about Matisse, I hesitate to call them arabesques, as they do not serve as regular, decorative designs. It seems more as if the swirls are performing. The parting curtain adds to this impression.

Art Inspired by Reading of Matisse

I’ve been reading a book my mother gave me: Henri Matisse, A Retrospective by John Elderfield, (The Museum of Modern Art 1992). When I used to visit her she had a treasure trove of art books that I would read. She usually agreed to allow me to take one with me when I left. This […]

Reading about Matisse

I’ve been trying to slog through some books about Henri Matisse lately. It’s a bit of a tough go, reading art catalogs. First of all, many of them are enormous; the kind that, were I to read one in bed, I would be at great risk for concussion if I dozed off. Secondly, the reader is […]