Impressionism and ‘Painting The Modern Garden’

This passage from the book ‘Monet to Matisse – Painting the Modern Garden’ captures why I was drawn to the subject of natural light in landscape, particularly the idea of capturing ‘fleetingness’. I have selected some impressionist paintings from the book that link and inspire my project. Looking at all the pieces I picked together,…… Continue reading Impressionism and ‘Painting The Modern Garden’

Collecting Reference Photos #1

I have been collecting images of outdoor scenes that have atmospheric colour and light. I was drawn to scenes where the light created patterns on water and through trees. I am going to do some sketchbook experiments with this material and see where it takes me, using a variety of mediums.

The Forest at Fontainebleau by Matisse

I saw this piece whilst visiting the National Gallery in London and thought it was relevant to this project. Below is my initial response that I wrote down standing in front of the painting. Vibrant colours create magical atmosphere Thick brushstrokes have very painterly quality Texture light movement energy emotion A painters perception of the…… Continue reading The Forest at Fontainebleau by Matisse