Raoul Dufy and Me – Southern France

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Carla’s interpretation of view in Larmet, France

The camera’s interpretation of the scene

Megan’s interpretation of the scene

Upon entering a hotel room in Aix en Provence, many years ago, I noticed a familiar print by Dufy hanging on the wall next to the window. Accompanying the print was a note saying Raoul Dufy had painted the watercolor from this window. Yes, right there, I was looking out the window at the same scene painted in the 1920’s. Of course, I had to paint that scene. Now, my watercolor is framed and hanging in my daughter’s house. In August, I painted the another view in France, with her daughter. Here are three interpretations of the same view.

“I think a painter is happy because he is in harmony with nature as soon as he can express what he sees.” Vincent van Gogh

Bordeaux Toes Paired with Abstract Tool Shed – Southern France

Tool Shed by Carla –  shapes and complimentary color (click on image)

While collaborating on this blog project for two weeks, my grand daughter and I covered the basics of drawing:

Line, Form, Value, Space, Texture, Pattern and Color. We ended our drawing sessions with free, expressive figure drawings working with live models. Thinking about subject matter, we covered Landscape, Figurative, Still Life and Abstract Art using a variety of materials. We talked about the importance of Variation: variation in line, form or shape, value, space, texture, pattern and color. We had a great time together. For me, having a buddy to sketch with was the best!

Bordeaux Toes –  Megan’s first drawing in her Moleskine sketchbook – Value

Painting a Horse and Riding it the Next Day – Megan and Carla’s Blog – France

 

20120816-163742.jpgToday me and G woke up and drove down the driveway until we got a beautiful landscape in front of us. Gammie talked to me about creating shapes and to look at the shapes the colors made. She told me to squint and I immediately realized what she meant. I could see the landscape in color! When we were drawing we drew the very basic different color shapes. Before we even started doing small detail it looked very similar to the scene in front of us! We used lots of different colors even though some appeared more frequently than others. In the end got down the landscape into a very colorful picturecid:83F4A84D-AF66-4505-A575-6b

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