Eleven Year Old Copies the Old Masters – Carla and Megan’s Blog

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Megan discovers an original Rembrandt work of art on paper.

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Albrecht Durer’s engraving of Adam and Eve was there. So were works by   Cezanne, Renoir, Degas,  Gauguin, Leon Bakst and  Flemish Renaissance painter Pieter Brueghel who sketched all the kids, toys, dogs within a whole outdoor scene.

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An original Van Gogh was next to a Rembrandt.

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Sketching an original Van Gogh.

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Here she is copying a red chalk drawing done in the Rococo style of art  by the French painter Jean- Honore Fragonard.

Megan, my grand-daughter always has a drawing pad in her hand. When she came to visit in 2011, I arranged an hour appointment for the two of us in the  Achenbach foundation collections room at the Legion of Honor where she could view privately, about a dozen original works from the old masters. A young lady brought us into a room where she had set up original prints and drawings by artists I thought Megan would like to see. The woman showed us around, then said, call me if you have any questions and left the room. Megan looked at me, hesitantly. I said, go ahead, look, draw, do whatever you want. Don’t mind me. She sat down with each print and sketched them all. Afterwards, we ate lunch in the museum cafe where we just kept drawing. It was a great day for two people who love to draw. Megan is almost thirteen now. One of her favorite painters is Cezanne. In Categories on the right under  Carla and Megan’s Blog there are more examples of Megan’s work. Scroll to the second page, too. We received comments from all over the world.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/collections/achenbach-foundation-graphic-arts

Thinking About Gauguin in San Francisco

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I’ve had hipstamatic on my phone for about a year but never really used it. I tried it out on some tulips. Wow, I like the results. I had nothing to do with it. I have no idea what I am doing. So here we are – thinking about Gauguin in San Francisco.

Sketching Trees and Thinking About Polynesia – Seattle

After seeing the Gauguin exhibit in Seattle, I was very aware of the trees in Seattle. One day we took the ferry over to Vaschon Island. It was farmers market day so we joined the people sampling and buying food while a local band played in the background. Children and a golden retriever puppy rolled around in the grass.

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Graphite Aquarell 8B drawing in a moleskine sketchbook

The following conversation went on after my new internet friend commented on yesterdays post Responding to Gauguin

I love it! Funny how in responding to Gauguin (both this one and yesterday’s are hot responses) you cannot not also respond to other things at the same time, like acrylics on paper.

Then I see the little painting glowing on the computer screen and think that would make a gorgeous big oil painting, guess that’s what keeps us painting. Each piece we do just makes us want to make another one We finish a painting and then we are left with another question to answer. what if ….

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Responding to Gauguin

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Pink  8″ x 6″ acrylic on paper

Gauguin‘s color ! I just wanted to try it. So I’m painting some little guys which is good. I need to remember how to use my brushes. More than that. I need to remember how to paint. My hand needs to figure out how acrylics work on paper.  I used to paint in oils on canvas. This is different. It’s not easy for me which is a good thing.

Sketching a Gauguin Painting in Seattle

Deux Femmes/La Chevelure Fleurie (Detail) 16″ x 6″ acrylic on paper

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One hundred and ten years after Paul Gauguin was painting in Polynesia I  copied some of his paintings. Making some notations in my moleskine sketchbook,

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Gauguin La Chevelure fleurie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was blown away by the way Gauguin used color, the way he drew space using shapes and line. I sketched very quickly and noted the color of his simple shapes with the idea of going back home and painting a little rendition of a Gauguin.