View Full Version : WDE March 22 - Pumphouse, Dawn (Challenge)

03-25-2019, 12:26 AM
I was thinking of Cezanne here. The painting is WC with touches of soft pastel on Arches 140 WC paper. The size is roughly 14" x 14". I guess it took about 2-1/2 hours.

What I tried to take from the Master was painting shapes rather than things; using blocks of color instead of blending everything (and including some surprise bursts of color); use of spooky, scary trees; well-balanced composition; and creating an abstract vision with a literal inspiration. Some small progress in all of that, long way to go. I think I might have stumbled upon my style; but we'll see about that.


03-25-2019, 01:12 AM
Wow Connie, I could of sworn it was done on velour paper.

Ok so I'm a little slow today so my apologies up front. Which one is the Pumphouse? I hear the word and my silly brain starts playing he song "Pump up the jam, by Technetronics which has nothing to do with this painting.:confused: Help me out.

I'm very impressed you've kept your colours so crisp and clean, We had a beautiful sunset here on Sunday and your colours where definitely there. :thumbsup:

03-25-2019, 01:33 AM
Ha! I'm not surprised you're wondering about that, Sandy. Here is the original ref, a photo taken by my friend jeannied, and it is called simply "Pumphouse." (It is among the refs I posted on Thursday.) I believe such a pumphouse exists to keep the pond clean by circulating the water constantly.


Here is one of the Cezanne paintings that caught my eye because of vague similarities.


I was also influenced by this one, and by other semi-abstract pieces by Cezanne.


Clearly my painting doesn't resemble any of these, but there are some influences in both content and concept -- at least in my mind there are. Obviously, however, there is some other unnamed, sneaky little influencer in there guiding the way. :rolleyes: I hope this helps a bit.

03-25-2019, 01:41 AM
I really like it. It has a kind of ethereal feel, and I think you've captured that sort of cusp between impressionism and abstract well.

03-25-2019, 02:03 AM
Thanks for putting it into words, Kerri : "... cusp between impressionism and abstract." That is what I'm going for. And "ethereal" is another intentional aspect of this painting.

03-25-2019, 05:01 AM
love the mystery and the beautiful palette you chose !!!

03-25-2019, 12:39 PM
It definitely has a feeling attached to it...kind of soft, surreal, and mysterious.

03-25-2019, 01:36 PM
I agree with some of the others. You definately captured a feeling. I too feel the softness and surrealism.


03-25-2019, 06:51 PM
Very atmospheric and gentle....really, really lovely. Soft dreamy colours and feel!

03-26-2019, 12:54 AM
Well done!


I think I might have stumbled upon my style; ...

Cool! Cool! Cool!

03-26-2019, 10:54 AM
Intriguing , and bold

I cant get my head around cezanne, but may give it a go, still have some days left
You are inspiring

03-26-2019, 11:45 AM
So inspirational!

03-27-2019, 11:29 AM
Gorgeous colors!

Charlie's Mum
03-27-2019, 01:02 PM
Nope Connie - this isn't in the selection - but wish it had been!:lol:
Love your colours and the hazy abstraction - very nice!:)

03-27-2019, 06:02 PM
Golly-eeee. :eek: It's the case of the disappearing pump house photo. My apologies, it was supposed to be there, I thought it was there. No wonder there was some confusion. I should have realized after Sandy's post. :( Sorry, all, I goofed. But thank you all for your kind comments, anyway.

toowoomba sketcher
03-27-2019, 06:11 PM
Lovely soft muted colours in this Connie, leaves much for the mind to imagine.

With more development of your style you'll replicate a Cezanne in no time.

03-28-2019, 04:46 AM
In my browser (Safari) the painting appears upside down. Many of the images you have posted come out sideways too. Some sort of glitch there.

The suggestive outlines in the painting conjure the landscape without depicting detail. Very much a Cezanne thing.

Thanks for hosting this week and for the interesting challenge.