View Full Version : Master of the Month #31 - Jan/Feb 2007 (Henri Matisse)

01-01-2007, 10:13 AM
Welcome To The Master Of The Month #31 !

We are starting off 2007 with Henri Matisse.

New Year ... New Improved MOM

We are streamlining the MOM threads to give participants more choices, as well as make it a bit easier for whoever heads up the thread. So here's the new, improved concept:

You choose your own work to copy or learn from - all or part of the masterpiece.
Previously, participants chose a work from a selection. Now, a participant can focus on what challenges them personally.

We are not including photos or biography at the beginning of the thread.
Since there are plenty of online sources, we trust that you are able to research the material that interests you. Of course, if you can't find material, be sure to ask in a thread post and members can help point you to additional links and resources.

Links to help you get started with Matisse:

Biographical Info:

About Fauvism:

Works to choose from:

Additional info:

Start Your Brushes!

01-01-2007, 01:10 PM
I like this new format, robert. the olgas's gallery link is a comprehensive collection, thanks for the jump start! will definitely participate in this. happy new year!

01-01-2007, 09:46 PM
Hi Robert,
This looks really cool. I promised myself that this year I will take part in a MOM and you are making it easy for me to do so by starting with one of my favourite artists.

01-01-2007, 09:55 PM
Thanks Robert!

Hey Serra and Greta... I look forward to seeing your work!

Robert... I like the new format too! Good job!


01-02-2007, 07:56 AM
I really like this new format!
Well, after my dismal attempt last ime, this one I hope to have more success at, so count me in for this challenge!
Firehorse Australia

01-28-2007, 07:13 AM
:clap: :thumbsup: :cool:
I am excited by this MOM too and hope to join in. Now to do some research...research fun!:D

01-30-2007, 01:10 PM
Inspired by June :D I'm going to give it a try too. Count me in.

01-30-2007, 01:39 PM
:) Hi Ujwala. I think I'll do a portrait. How about you?:D

01-31-2007, 02:02 PM
June : me too :D I've downloaded a few - mrs m, one of his self portraits and a couple of others. thought i'd have a go at them digitally and then select one to work with in oil. tried mrs m last night using oils in art rage 2.

Robert: may I post digital versions in this thread?

02-01-2007, 10:18 AM

#31... MOM #31... Jan/Feb 2007 (Henri Matisse) (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=391526)

#32... MOM #31... March/April 2007 (Andrew Wyeth)

#33... MOM #31... May/June 2007 (James Whistler)

#34... MOM #31... July/Aug 2007 (David Hockney)

#35... MOM #31... Sept/Oct 2007 (Ilya Repin)

#36... MOM #31... Nov/Dec 2007 (Wild Card... YOU pick)

02-01-2007, 12:11 PM
Wyeth and Hockney appeal to me. Wyeth because I just got a lot of dry pigment and I love egg tempera. Hockney for the colour. But I've never heard of Illya Repin.

For the wild card...I see we each pick our own favourite to study. MMmm.

I'm still dithering about which of Matisse's paintings to do...but at least it means I'm looking at his work!!

02-03-2007, 10:55 AM
:) To prove I am reading about Matisse, here is a small doodle sketch I did in the wee small hours (around 3am) last night. At the moment I am experimenting with drawing using my non-dominant hand (left hand for me). I find it gives a much looser effect which I think is quite nice. Using a gel pen.

The sketch is done from a photo of Matisse drawing from a model in one of my reference books.

For my study of paintings, I rather like the 'green line' (Mme Matisse) - because of the obvious brushwork. It would be good to try such prominent brushwork.

I also like 'music' (2 women and guitar) because to the stylisation. But not made a start on anything in paint yet.:o

02-03-2007, 01:07 PM
Hey June... I didn't want you to feel all alone... I'm watching with great anticipation...

02-04-2007, 12:50 AM
Hi June: Nice one! nice and loose. I now have two digital versions one of mrs m and one of a self portrait of henri m. I have another two downloaded from Olga's gallery to have a go. Will post them as soon as I get a green signal. Have you decided on any particular piece to paint?

02-04-2007, 09:27 AM
as is obvious patience isnt one of my virtues. sorry robert for not waiting for your reply. :(

here are the digital versions of three of henri matisse's works. study made for use of color. used art rage 2 (http://www.ambientdesign.com).




would love to get some feedback on the things that i need to look out for for the final painting - in terms of color, style of brush stroke etc.

02-04-2007, 12:27 PM
Hi Ujwala. I had thought of doing the Mme Matisse green line as you've done digitally so far. I was drawn to it because of the obvious brush strokes. I thoight it would be interesting to try an oil painting where strong brush strokes were a main part of the image. Will you focus on brush strokes or mainly colour in your oil version of this one?

I love your second one- the self portrait of Matisse. The third one has the brush strokes very evident. Nice to carry that through to the final painting I think.

All 3 are really superbly colourful and bright. That's a good thing to aim for.

Now that I've looked at a few of Matisse's works. I find I am interested in too many!!! I'll see what time I have this month to devote to the project and who knows..maybe one or maybe three.

Catch you later.

02-05-2007, 02:43 AM
June: Thanks for your comments. I'm leaning towards doing either this self portrait or another (if i can locate one) for the final one on canvas. It was super to try out the various colors that he uses on the face. Another advantage of working on these digitally has been no waiting/drying time and the ability to load on lots of paint quickly. I spent the longest time on the 3rd one as I was slowly getting the hang of using Art Rage again. I get rusty on any medium too quickly :( I'm planning to stick with colors more than his brush strokes for the final one. Hope you find the time to paint many and looking forward to seeing your work.

02-05-2007, 08:40 AM
:wave: Hi Ujwala and Bernie.

I did a first try-out of 'the green line' in oils on painting paper this morning. (About 9 by 12 ins).
I thoroughly enjoyed those wicked colours!!

I tried to concentrate on colour and brush-strokes, but I need to use thicker paint to get rougher brush marks.

On the whole I am pleased as I enjoyed doing it. Even although poor Mme Matisse looks a trifle grumpy in my version.

I won't try it again..rather go on to another one!!

Looking forward to seeing your paintings, Ujwala.

02-06-2007, 12:18 PM
Hi June she looks great. :clap::clap: i agree, using those colors was fun even digitally. :P You could look at putting on a base layer of gesso to get the heavier texture you are looking for. I had tried it a long time ago on a painting and a lot of texture showed through. I'm inspired to try one out on paper too :D hope to have something to show soon.

02-07-2007, 01:19 AM
Yes, a layer of gesso would probably help. The paper was very smooth/slick. But its fine for quick studies. I think you can add material to the paint too but I haven't tried that yet.

02-13-2007, 11:31 PM
Am just watching and lurking. Would have thought more people would have taken up this challange.

Where is everybody?

This is going to be such a nice one.

No, dont look at me, I dont know enough about colour......... I get cold feet,
low self estime..........


02-13-2007, 11:41 PM
i dont know about colour either but i'm hoping to learn :P and i am looking at you, Tereza :D c'mon, please join in.


02-14-2007, 02:34 AM
I second that. Please join us Teresa!! You could do paper cut outs as in Matisse's last works perhaps?

02-14-2007, 11:50 PM
But I also dont know about colour. On the other hand I have always wanted to have a go at painting The Green Strip. Why did he paint his colours like this.

My main question would be.... is there a method? What are the rules for painting like this? I need to study some paintings next to eachother and see the similarities. Guess that one way to start???

Cool aginst warm? Complimenties? Any suggestions?????

How much longer do we have to do it????? Umm, yes, not all that many days left is there?

Be seeing you all.


02-27-2007, 11:02 PM
Its the last day of the month. Here is my effort. Yes, I also enjoyed doing mine very much. But where is everyone else??? I would have thought the WC artists would have been clamouring to do this one.

Hope you all have a good day.



02-28-2007, 10:37 AM
Its great Tereza! I loved doing that one as well. All those bright colours in the face.

I would have also liked to have done the one called 'music' where there are 2 women, one with a guitar in front of palm leaves...but ...maybe later!!

Wiil you do another one? I think the thread stays open as long as people contribute. No cut-off really.

Now where is Ujwala??

02-28-2007, 01:50 PM
heh heh! i was hiding. came and saw Tereza's piece yesterday and decided to comment today when i had my piece ready to post. Great job Tereza! :clap: :clap: This was the first piece that June and I attempted too. This MOM did not go as smoothly as the Modigliani one. I'm looking forward to the next one though.

June, when I saw your post in my Inbox I had not made the oil painting I'd wanted to. I did find and set aside a while ago another of Henri Matisse's self portraits from the Phaidon book - 500 self portraits. I've spent the last hour trying it out with oil pastels. It's rough and a lot of the black outlines smudged into the colours but i'm happy I made it before the month is over :D

About 8" X 10" Oil Pastels on mount board

Self Portrait 1918.

I think I will go over to the Oil Pastel sub forum for some tips before I try finishing it. Adding another WIP to my collection :smug:

02-28-2007, 02:47 PM
I really like this portrait Ujwala, and it has the signature red colour of Matisse.

I think Matisse is a good artist to study for colour harmony and daring. Hope find some time to do more as I wish.

Hope you do this in oils Ujwala when you've got time.

Hope you try another one too, Tz.

03-01-2007, 08:49 AM
Thank you June. I'm now waiting for the thread for the next MOM to be opened. :evil::lol: I'm sure there too i'll be posting on the last day. i guess i'm getting too old to change!

03-11-2007, 06:13 PM
I love the color usage.........

03-11-2007, 11:31 PM
matisse does have a way with colours doesnt he? are you planning to try out one michaelangeloglass?

03-12-2007, 01:03 AM
Great works stumptailmonkey, ujwala and Tereza. What an inspiration. Sorry, I am so late in getting to this thread, it has been a while.


03-12-2007, 08:28 AM
Hi Peg, thank you and this thread is going to stay open so come join us :D

03-12-2007, 12:37 PM
Hi all,

I forgot to put my Matisse here:


maybe someone could move the post:)


03-25-2007, 09:13 AM
What is the subject for March/April?

04-20-2007, 02:20 AM
I did this study of Matisse's painting called 'Fruits and teapot' in oils on canvas 6"x8". I simply love the way he used colour so expressively to convey mood. But I cant seem to identify the teapot in the picture.:confused: .Thanks for lookinghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Apr-2007/93064-copy_of_matisse.jpg

04-20-2007, 09:00 AM
Good job artscope.


04-20-2007, 02:15 PM
Thanks very much....Peg

04-20-2007, 05:49 PM
Hi artyscope, what scrumptious colours you have in this study.

04-21-2007, 01:50 AM
Thanks, June. That is exactly what inspired me to do a study of Matisse's painting....the colours he uses....just love them.