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10-01-2008, 01:56 AM
:clap: Hi everyone and welcome to the mini-inspiration for October and November. Lively brush marks, textural effects and impasto. Artists: van Gogh/ Cezanne.

The idea in this project: focus on brush-strokes/marks is simple. Take time off to focus on making visible marks with your brush, crayon, or other painting/drawing tool.

The artist who quickly springs to mind for this project is Vincent van Gogh. You might like to look again at some of his work and either copy one of his paintings or apply his ideas on visible brushstrokes in a composition of your own. Another artist who springs to mind is Monet. You could study Monetís painting for ideas on making your brush marks more obvious. Please suggest any other artists you think we would benefit from looking at in terms of their brush marks.

You may like to do a series of small works which concentrate on exploring different ways of making textural brush marks before applying the ideas in one of your compositions.


Some links to van Gogh

http://www.vangoghgallery.com/ (http://www.vangoghgallery.com/)

http://artchive.com/artchive/V/vangogh.html (http://artchive.com/artchive/V/vangogh.html)


Looking forward to seeing all your work:thumbsup: :wave:

10-03-2008, 11:12 PM
You might also like to take a look at Cezanne's watercolours for brush strokes.

10-05-2008, 06:17 PM
Hi June, this looks like a fun project.

10-06-2008, 01:30 PM
Glad to have you on board Azul. I think I might do a copy of van Gogh 'the sower' which is the figure in front of a setting sun...its all purples and yellows. Or maybe a tree.

10-08-2008, 01:01 PM
I think I'll go with the Cezanne you've posted here. It reminds me of Palmer with all the swirling.

10-12-2008, 02:27 AM
I would like to do a watercolour too. But don't know when I'll get time. Maybe I will be able to fit in both.

Here's a watercolour site I came across the other day. Have you seen this one?


10-12-2008, 04:45 PM
haven't seen that link till now, I'll look more later. I want to read up on Hopper some this week too. lots to do here

10-15-2008, 03:41 AM
I switched on the TV yesterday morning and a programme for schools on Monet and Cezanne was on, so I had to stop and watch it. Cezanne in later life, had a flat in town and a separate studio to work in. He would get up and start work in the studio by 6 am and keep working till 10 at night then go home to his flat. Sometimes of course he would be working out in the countryside. But wasn't that true dedication? ;)

Here are some links for Cezanne:




And an article on watercolour



I haven't started anything for this project and so I will make it a 2-monther to give everyone interested more time to join in.

So project OPEN UNTIL end of NOVEMBER :thumbsup:

10-15-2008, 09:52 PM
sounds like you spent your time wisely. Programs like that are not on alot. I too am behind in projects.

10-18-2008, 07:10 AM

I was very keen to get started on my van Gogh so I got out the artisan water-soluble oils last night and an old tube of impasto paste and did this small copy very quickly.

I didn't follow van Gogh's way of making marks in this one...because I was using big brushes on small paper and so all I could manage was a kind of blobby pointillism. However, I really enjoyed the colour contrast of blue against orange and his way of leaving visible brushwork. It was a kind of joyful process.:thumbsup:

I hope to do another and maybe a Cezanne.

10-20-2008, 08:51 AM

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Vincent and me.

10-21-2008, 01:00 AM
I have sort of missed most of October, but as I am going to see the Monet exhibition in Sydney I think I will be in on this, I did paint one of his paintings a few yrs ago with a knife, for an exercise (which is on my blog) it was just fun to do. I know what I will paint...now just to get started...

10-21-2008, 03:01 AM
Happy hallowe'en!! Trafford.

Welcome to the project, Lell.

10-22-2008, 08:42 AM
June, - inspirational, and warm painting - the sun is present and the man is quizzically part man part scarecrow/pumpkin. I love it

Trafford, fun strokes , love the kitty and rolling grains and warm pumpkins huddled around the tree. This looks like water soluble pencil?

Lell - Greetings and seeing Monet is a great way to finish out October. Fortunate indeed. Hope you harvest lots of inspiration.

10-22-2008, 01:40 PM
June, meant to tell you how much I liked your painting. Reminds me of a Fauve work with strokes by Vincent.

Used Caran d'Ache crayons, Azul. Just love them. With a little water I can smear them around or draw.

Would Georges Seurat fall under this challenge, even though he is dots and not strokes?

10-23-2008, 09:31 AM

Copy of Cezanne 'the gardener'.

Interestingly, Cezanne uses yellow-purple contrasts in this work, but uses a low intensity version, compared with the van Gogh (the sower)-full blast of high intensity colour. I enjoyed doing this one as well. Its small, only about 7 by 11 ins, water-soluble oils. It was good to try 'broken' colour effects...mixing some yellow patches in amongst the violet and so on.

I found this gave me a more 3D effect than flat colour planes. I'm going to try this out again.

10-23-2008, 09:36 AM
Trafford, Seurat would definitely come into this category...any variation of putting the paint on paper. The aim is to experiment and then maybe apply the methods you like, or adapt them, in your own work.

Also dont need to confine yourself to paint and brushes. Making pastel and crayon marks come into this project too.
Talking of pastels and crayons, I see you used water-soluble caran dache, Trafford. I am swithering whether to buy some. Do you like them a lot? I have the waxy non soluble pastels at present. BTW, I love the writhing tree trunk in your hallowe'en van Gogh!!

10-23-2008, 09:41 AM
I think the aim is not to make exact copies, but to learn something you can use in your own work. Or just to help see the work better by copying. And of course to have some fun and enjoy it all. The best aim.

10-23-2008, 07:31 PM
June, I think Caran d'Ache crayons are great for adding color to sketches. Just throw them in your pocket with a brush and a little bottle of water. I started out with just a few and my favorite is an olive color....I don't know why. Makes good shadows.

I like your latest painting a lot.

10-24-2008, 04:43 PM
your cezanne gardner sure looks like you had fun doing that one, oh yes

11-05-2008, 01:14 PM
I used Van Gogh's palette from his Night Cafe and did this watercolor of the area around the head of our foton mat on the attic floor. Here s a photo of the area.
I didn't really start to touch down with using the brushstrokes well till I got to the background. Had a great time. Used some gesso like we did with the pre Raphaelites. Got heavy handed with it around the telephone cord. Don't know if it'll show here.

11-06-2008, 02:25 AM
Hi azul, I love your brush-strokes challenge work very much indeed. Especially the red lines for the glass jar on the shelf...these look very van Gogh-like to me. A very interesting still life!!

I like the way van gogh uses his brush and colour to 'draw' objects. I'd like to copy another one of his ...but I am doing a cezanne-style still life at the moment. Not quite finished yet.

11-06-2008, 02:28 AM
BTW, have you tried painting with watercolours over dry household paint (vinyl or latex emulsion) as a base? I haven't but there was a great thread in the watercolours forum recently and it looked like it might be good to try sometime.

11-06-2008, 06:47 AM

Here's where I got to with my still life, attempting a Cezanne style of brushwork.

I like his way of putting blocks of colour as I think you can really build up a sense of 3D form in your painting.

My problem is...I haven't done much still life so I found it rather intense to study the effects of light on colour. I always stayed away from still life...but now, I find I rather like it.

I left it fairly loose. I painted without my specs!

See you!! I am off to eat my fruit.:D

11-06-2008, 02:43 PM
June - this is beautiful, The colors are happy, I love it - and all the brushstrokes - one of your best