Saturday, 31 January 2015

117. Collage for '30 in 30' Challenge - January 2015

Collage of Paintings using Paul Cezanne's Paintings as My Theme

Well, here's mine folks and I'm already seeing some beauties appearing on Leslie's blog and in my bloglist. 

May I say a huge 'thank you' to Leslie Saeta for setting this challenge again, to all my friends (virtual and physical) who have supported me along the way and, last but not least, to the master himself - Monsieur Paul Cezanne. I have learned so much about colour by copying these paintings and changing each one to B&W to check the tonal values has been a total revelation!

Congratulations and well done to everyone who participated. Have a good weekend and happy painting! xx

Friday, 30 January 2015

116. After Paul Cezanne: Detail from Still Life Flowers in a Vase (1888)

(After Paul Cezanne)
Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels and
Pilot DR 05 Pigment Pen on Goldline Sketchbook Paper, 2.25" x 2.25"

Hi Everyone, Apologies for not posting for a few days. Have I told you how much I love Neocolor II wax pastels? They are yummy - look at the depth of colour! Another good thing about them is that you are allowed to use them in the national galleries if you use them dry. You can wet them with a brush later - either at home or in the cafe!

This detail is of the rose and carnation at the extreme left of the original painting; can you see them? I drew the outline lightly in pencil, softened it all with a wash brush then, when it had dried, went back in with the pastels. I had to straighten the 'wonky' edges by making a black ink border - LOL! (Paul Cezanne's original painting is below.)

The last day of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge will be tomorrow and I'm looking forward to seeing all your beautiful collages. xx

Original painting by Paul Cezanne

"When the colour achieves richness, the form attains its fulness also."
(Paul Cezanne)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

115. After Paul Cezanne: Detail from The Card Players (1893-96)

(After Paul Cezanne)
Oil on Pebeo Linen Canvas Board, 4" x 4"

Original Painting by Paul Cezanne

(Work-in-progress images are beneath the text.)

Hi Everyone, we're on the last stretch of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge now! Thank you Leslie and congratulations to you all - everyone has done really well and it's been great to meet some new friends along the way.

This is the painting that Qatar bought in 2012 for $250m!!! (That was £160m in our money, at the time anyway.)

This time, I thought I'd just pick out a detail from the original and chose the hands as it is such good practice. Oh my! This painting was so hard. At first, although happy with the fingers, I could not get the flat shape of the back of the hand right - it just looked swollen. I took heart from something Tom Coates said at a workshop I attended; he said portraiture is about painting mistakes and then correcting them until you get it right. So I persevered.

I started fiddling then remembered hearing that Paul Cezanne had reduced his work to painting the cylinder, the cone and the sphere. So I removed some of the paint and focused instead on the shape of the knuckles (I noticed diamonds), the base of the wrist and the middle of the hand (looks almost like a Ferrari symbol). Once I got the knuckles right, the 'swollen' look disappeared - merci, Monsieur Cezanne!

Have a successful, productive and happy weekend, everyone!


Household lighting!

Before eliminating some of the 'black' and tidying up the sleeve (in daylight)
(Schminke Atrament Black and MH Magenta)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

114. After Paul Cezanne: House in Provence (1885)

(After Paul Cezanne)
Oil on Pebeo Linen Canvas Board, 4" x 4"

Hi again, above is my finished painting with the original below. I've now straightened the front door and this is a re-post. Happy painting everyone!

Original painting by Paul Cezanne

113. Cezanne Work-in-Progress

(After Cezanne)
Oil underpainting on Pebeo Linen Canvas Board, 4" x 4"

Good morning everyone, today, I'll just keep posting as I work as I'm a little bit behind; shame on me! Above is an underpainting for one of Paul Cezanne's houses in Provence and below left is the primed panel - I prepared them all over three months ago and just pulled the first one off for today's painting.

Again, huge thanks for all your comments and to my new follower, Jane; I will go in and thank you all individually - hopefully, before the end of the challenge!

More shortly...

Primed Pebeo Linen Canvas Board Panels, 4" x 4"

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

112. After Paul Cezanne: House with Cracked Walls (1892-94)

(After Cezanne)
Staedtler Pigment Liner and Derwent Aquatone on Goldline Cartridge Paper, 2" x 2"

Good morning everyone! Once again, thank you so much for your lovely comments - they are fuelling my creativity. Imagine this house - oh my goodness!

Original painting by Paul Cezanne 

Below is a work-in-progress photo with some items relating to its size.  Happy painting everyone… and drawing, doodling, sewing, etc., etc.  :)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

111. After Paul Cezanne: Turning Road at Montgeroult (1899)

(After Cezanne)
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils on Goldline Cartridge Paper, 2" x 2"

Hi Everyone, I can't believe I been off radar for eleven days! My apologies; we've been juggling, full-time work, family illness, etc. Thank you for your kind comments and just for visiting really - it's much appreciated. I shall try to stick around now.

So, I'm still on the theme of Monsieur Cezanne but to save time I just did this 'two by two' in a little sketchbook I use from time to time. I made a makeshift picture mount out of white paper.

Original Painting by Paul Cezanne

Here are some work-in-progress images:

Friday, 9 January 2015

110. After Paul Cezanne: The Blue Vase (1883-87)

(After Cezanne)
Unison Pastels on Clairefontaine Pastelmat, 8" x 8"

Hi Folks. Hope you are enjoying creating; I'm really impressed with all the artwork submitted to Leslie's challenge. I am also really grateful to you all for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments - I find I'm thinking of you all when I'm painting/drawing and that's so inspiring - many thanks!

Today, I thought I'd go for something really lively. I'm constantly amazed that Cezanne was clever enough to create such busy paintings (in every sense) yet achieve such harmony! I've altered the colours slightly and also pushed together some of the elements; I hope I haven't gone too far! Have fun!

Original painting by Paul Cezanne

(Again, the work-in-progress images are set out below.)

Pencil under-drawing on Clairefontaine Pastelmat

Yummy blues!

Now for the bottom half...

Just the table top now...

Time to remove the masking tape

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Monday, 5 January 2015

108. After Paul Cezanne: Painting - Still Life with Apples (1890)

(After Cezanne)
Oil on Pebeo Linen Canvas Board, 8" x 8"

The original painting by Paul Cezanne

Hi All. I've really enjoyed looking at the entries for Leslie's 30 in 30 challenge and can't believe how many people are involved this time. It's great to be part of it. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to visit and comment on my blog, especially to Art Maine who added some verse - I love that!

Building on yesterday's drawing, above is my completed copy of Paul Cezanne's Still Life with Apples (1890), together with his original. Immediately below are some images of my work-in-progress.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

107. After Paul Cezanne: Sketchbook Study of Still Life with Apples (1890)

(After Paul Cezanne)
Derwent Onyx Medium Pencil and Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, (A3) in A4 Sketchbook

This is my colour study for yet another Cezanne painting; can't resist his work!  I'll post up the finished painting tomorrow.  Happy creating everyone!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

106. After Paul Cezanne: Still Life with Peppermint Bottle, 1893-1895(?)

Still Life (after Paul Cezanne)
Oil on Pebeo Linen Canvas Board, 8" x 8"

Draft Sketch, Mars Lumograph Pencils: 2H and 7B, A4 sketchbook

Hi Folks.  I hope you are enjoying the challenge. I decided to copy another Cezanne painting (above) and it was just as enjoyable. He worked with all those tones, colours, shapes and patterns yet still he achieved a harmonious image - genius! Just for fun, I exaggerated further the cubic shapes of the two bottles and quite like how they turned out. Also above is my random sketchbook drawing (above) which I did simply to get a feel for the shapes and flow of the design. The original painting by Paul Cezanne is below.

The original painting by Paul Cezanne

Friday, 2 January 2015

105. After Paul Cezanne: The House of Doctor Gachet in Auvers, 1872-1873

(After Paul Cezanne)
Oil on Pebeo Linen Canvas Board, 8" x 8"

Well, once again, Leslie Saeta, thank you for setting us another '30 in 30' challenge. It forced me to get my paints out and I chose to do a copy of a Cezanne. It was much more complicated than I had anticipated but I'm really glad I did it as I enjoyed trying to work out how the master might have tackled his original.

The original painting by Paul Cezanne is below:

The original painting by Cezanne

Happy painting everyone; I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's work.