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04-01-2013, 06:31 AM
Hi all. :clap:


Our artist of the month in the artist A-Z series is Franz Marc (1880-1916). Probably best known for colourful paintings of animals in an abstract style. He was a founder member of the Blue rider expressionist group.

Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Marc

Franz Marc was born in 1880 in Munich, then the capital of the Kingdom of Bavaria. His father, Wilhelm, was a professional landscape painter, and his mother, Sophie, was a strict Calvinist. In 1900, Marc began to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, where his teachers would include Gabriel von Hackl and Wilhelm von Diez. In 1903 and 1907 he spent time in France, particularly in Paris, visiting the city's museums and copying many paintings, a traditional way that artists studied and developed technique. In Paris, Marc frequented artistic circles, and was able to meet numerous artists, including the actress Sarah Bernhardt. He discovered a strong affinity for the work of Vincent van Gogh.

Marc gave an emotional meaning or purpose to the colors he used in his work: blue was used for masculinity and spirituality, yellow represented feminine joy, and red encased the sound of violence.

There are images in wikipedia


Youtube video



The practical suggestions for us:

1. Copy work by Franz Marc

2. Do a composition of your own based on the abstract 'cubist' animals of Marc.

3. Any other art suggested by a study of Marc's work

Happy Painting!!


04-01-2013, 06:33 AM
Some more animal art from Marc.

04-01-2013, 06:41 AM
what a wonderful style he had....strong van gogh infuence....must try one....tyree:wave:

04-01-2013, 06:44 AM
Some people

04-01-2013, 11:24 AM
I like Marc's work, especially the yellow cow. Wouldn't dream of trying to paint in that style myself - I think it is more difficult to pull off than it may look. But copying a Marc piece may be a good idea.

04-03-2013, 01:20 AM
Thank you, June, for introducing this artist. Such colorful pieces!

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04-03-2013, 11:41 AM
That's a wonderful rendition of the horses, Sandra. So colourful, with spirit. I love it.

I did a very quick and small one today to get started. An ATC of the fox painting; wax crayons.


04-04-2013, 10:16 AM
Neat horses and a fox, I believe. May try oil pastels for a Marc painting. Is that what you used June. Very vibrant color.

I went into images and was so interested in his cubist designs. I've always tried to figure out how they did it. It looks like he might have set up squares, triangles etc first and then painted the picture. I'm not sure. What do you think? Maybe I could cut out shapes, rearrange, than paint. Guess I need a tutorial. :angel:

04-04-2013, 12:34 PM
sandra....thats a wonderful rendition,,,,i love your colours and movement to it.....june....great idea to go with oil pastels....and a mini...turned out really nice....tyree

04-04-2013, 08:28 PM
Janet, I would like to try a cubist one too. Tell us when you have figured out how to do yours. Thank you, Susan.

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04-05-2013, 02:44 AM
Another quick study. This time a bit bigger, around 5 by 7 ins, and in watercolours. Quite rough.


I sketched this one in pencil first because it was so complicated. Then I worked the colours in one by one: yellow, orange, red, etc. pure colour.

I rather enjoyed doing the horses as I haven't done many in the past and I love Marc's curvilinear horses. Maybe I will do the blue horses next?

Janet, possibly colour paper geometric shapes cut out first and arranged on the page would be a good way to go for a collage. Then make the image more figurative with additions of some painting or drawing medium that suits the collage arrangement.

As for me, I have never really 'understood' cubism. Perhaps we need a project on the cubists!!:wave:

Also, I haven't much experience with collage!

04-05-2013, 02:48 AM
I am rather interested in the colour works of Delauney as they seem to link well with Marc's colourful cubism!! That is another artist we could look at some time.

04-05-2013, 06:18 AM
Everyone seems to have captured Marc pretty well. Delauney is a good choice. His wife was also a pretty well known artist. I believe they also did stage sets and costumes.

I'm still on the cubist trail. You tube must have some tutorials on this style of art. I can't seem to figure it out and it probably isn't that difficult. :heart:

04-05-2013, 01:58 PM
June, good rendition. I too love his colors.

I went on youtube and there wasn't a whole lot on how to draw cubist paintings. I tried a portrait and decided I didn't really want the nose and eyes to be all misaligned. :lol:

I do prefer oil pastel no matter how hard I try learning watercolor.

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04-06-2013, 03:48 AM
Sandra, the colours in your OP of the yellow cow are beautiful, luminous.

04-06-2013, 03:51 AM
Everyone seems to have captured Marc pretty well. Delauney is a good choice. His wife was also a pretty well known artist. I believe they also did stage sets and costumes.

I'm still on the cubist trail. You tube must have some tutorials on this style of art. I can't seem to figure it out and it probably isn't that difficult. :heart:

Janet, if you come across a good site on cubism, especially how to do it, please leave a link here!!! Much appreciated.;)

04-06-2013, 09:34 AM
I went into YouTube and put in CUBISM TUTORIALS and a bunch of stuff came up, mostly photoshop and the like, but there are some for hands on artists. A couple of interesting ones for 5th grade students. I have no sound on my P/C at the moment, so I had to go by the pictures.

Actually the photoshop ones might be helpful. Go in and see what you can find under that heading.

04-06-2013, 01:45 PM
Thank you, June.

I used acrylic with these and for the second one, added watercolor. I rarely use acrylic and it's not as difficult as I thought afterall.

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04-15-2013, 11:57 AM
Like that guy with the pipe. You never see pipe smokers anymore. The towers are neat too...your style.

Here is my try in acrylics:


04-16-2013, 01:49 AM
I agree, nice pipe smoker Sandra. Acrylics are good to use as the colours are bright and you can overpaint.

Janet, I was tempted to do that cat too but never got around to it. Great job making it look so happy lying there behind the tree.

04-21-2013, 04:12 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2013/65063-cubism_monkey.jpg i enjoyed working on this cubism like work....i worked with ops ...coloured pencils....and markers....tyree:wave:

04-21-2013, 04:16 PM
sandra....that pipe smoker is absolutely fabulous....love your style to him....great great job........janet....what an adorable cat....wonderful rendition and piece.....tyree:clap:

04-21-2013, 09:53 PM
Susan, extremely vibrant piece. Great use of all your media.

04-22-2013, 09:09 AM
Tyree great start on cubism...I still have trouble getting it, will just have to leap in and mess around. Love the colors in your piece..