The perk to being an artist, in my opinion, is you are always learning new things. Whether you are a photographer or painter, something new catches your eye and you try it. Or maybe you try something you have been wanting to for a long time.
Well my friends, today was one of those days. A build up from the week I’d think. About a week ago I picked up a book, “How to Paint Like the Impressionists”. I am sure many people are sick of me talking about it. But it is perfect! Tutorials tips and history from the master impressionists. Today I finally got a day to pick a test subject. Normally it would be Monet, but today I tried Pissarro.
The piece featured was Boulevard Montmartre, Night Effect:
I love the simplicity of the design, along with the calming feeling. The author of the book, Susie Hodge, took a piece of the painting to recreate. The top middle section. Here was my result:
I kept it quick and simple. Overall I was fairly happy with my result. I didn’t want to compare myself to a master at all, and I still don’t. It’s a lesson. A learning experience. When I gaze at a blank canvas, my goal is to keep it loose, fluid and real. Real to me that is.
Like most artists out there I judge myself. “Should I have picked that color”, “Maybe that was the wrong brush”, “I messed up this whole thing!”
It happens, and I’m okay with that. After I completed this piece I decided to work on something else. A humpback whale. I will most likely use this as a stepping stone to a larger piece.
Here are my tools and step by step photos:
I may go back to add things to areas, I may not. I consider this a lesson in learning new ways. New ways to loose judgement and be relaxed. It may not be the greatest piece I have ever created but that isn’t the point. It’s the experience gained. Only up from here 🙂 I hope.