View Full Version : Oldies but Goodies - Gauguin- Jan 8 thru Jan22

01-06-2010, 08:07 PM
Greetings and Happy New Year to one and all.
After a brief respite complete with Christmas cookies and New Year cheer, I'm ready for some study of another classical artist.
How's about Gauguin. He is a well known POST impressionist according to Wikipedia. What makes him POST I don't know yet. I know he hung out with VanGogh for a few weeks.
Well, here is the Wikipedia link, a link to Olga's gallery and a few of his famous work.
The goal of this thread is to study about & copy or imitate the featured artist in whatever medium you like.
I'm looking forward to spending the next two weeks with you & Gauguin.



01-06-2010, 10:29 PM
Gauguin is one of my favourite artists. Whether I'll have time to participate in this project is another matter, but fortunately I happen to have a small watercolour sketch after one of Gauguin's paintings at hand. I have already posted it before, in some other thread, but seeing as it is suitable for this one, here it is again (it is quite small; I used it as one of my famous handmade greeting cards):


And yes, Gauguin is generally considered a post-impressionist, but one should keep in mind that the term actually has no very specific meaning, and refers only broadly to a whole group of artists who had a whole variety of artistic outlooks and often share little more than that they mostly did what they did after impressionism had already become somewhat respectable, and were all influenced by it. If they have any stylistic features at all in common, it would be a tendency to outline things, and use fairly flat areas of not always quite naturalitic colour. Which specific artists should be on the list as the original generation of post-impressionists is also open to debate.

Post-impressionism happens to be a favourite style of mine; perhaps we should some time do a general post-impressionist project for the "oldies but goodies" thread, and extend it to more than just a week or two (it will give me an excuse to upload lots of my favourite paintings!). Then we can have fun copying after not just the famous post-impressionists like Van Gogh and Gauguin, but also the much more obscure ones like Robert Bevan, Augustus John or Paul Ranson.

And that endeth the lecture. I am forcibly making myself stop, because once you get me started on the post-impressionists I never shut up... :)

01-07-2010, 06:19 AM
Brian, Post Impressionism is considered an art movement, even with the different styles of painting...so maybe we can slot it in under the art movement project. That would give us a month to explore some lesser known artists and also return to some old favorites.

Love all the color in Gauguin's paintings Robin. Very exciting. :heart:

01-07-2010, 06:21 AM
Forgot to add that I like your mini Gauguin very much, Brian. Nice flow.

01-07-2010, 09:56 PM
Well, I can see you know your post Impressionists well, Brian. Thanks alot for sharing these tidbits with us. Your enthusiasm is obvious and do at all boring. The little Gauguin is good. She looks sad . Poor thing maybe she has a cold :p

01-08-2010, 12:13 AM
Brian, Post Impressionism is considered an art movement, even with the different styles of painting...so maybe we can slot it in under the art movement project. That would give us a month to explore some lesser known artists and also return to some old favorites.

Well, that's an idea. I have a little collection of lesser known post-impressionist work, collected from the web over the years, which I'd be happy to post as examples for such a project. My notion of what exactly constitutes post-impressionism might be a bit broad, but I don't think it is entirely unjustifiable. Plus, we'll get to enjoy lots of colorful and expressive work. ;-)

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments on my mini-Gauguin. I hope to make time in two weeks to perhaps do something a bit more substantial.

In the meantime, here's another Gauguin; he painted this portrait of his mother as a young lady from a photograph, but deliberately made her look more "primitive" and exotic:


Plenty more by him (in fact, more or less ALL his work) can be found at http://www.paul-gauguin.net/

Such as this one (doesn't it just vibrate with colour and light?):


01-08-2010, 01:00 PM
These are really nice ones, Brian. Lots better than what I could find.
He made his mom have an oriental bend. Some of his ladies look depressed but she is perky and mysterious.

01-09-2010, 01:47 AM
They are both from that site I refer to above. Go have a look: it's a treasure trove and includes even some of his early works which were done in a quite tight realist manner. His later distortions weren't merely the accidental result of an inability to paint!

01-11-2010, 11:30 AM
Gauguin is one of my favourites!

01-13-2010, 11:16 AM
Oh, Brian, that's a very nice piece you did ! Love the splotches of color you gave her.

And thank you for more links on his work. Robin, thanks for your links too. I have a bit of time this morning. Thank goodness I could copy his work and not have to think. I'll get on with it and will be back before noon.

01-13-2010, 12:57 PM
Here's a quick sketch. The actual colors are richer but the photo couldn't highlight the blue shadowing on the eyes and shadowing on pockets of white on the face. The focus was on the face and not the hand and I might crop the bottom out to frame this in a bit.

This is in response to the Classical Forum's thread Oldies but Goodies - Gauguin- Jan 8 thru Jan22 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=8450141#post8450141).

Gray Paper from Dick Blick sanded down slightly with medium sand paper 12 x 17.5 inch
Pan Pastel
Cretacolor Carre Hard Pastel sticks
General's Pastel Chalk pencils
1.5 hours

Original is here (http://www.paul-gauguin.net/Self-Portrait-With-Palette.html). The pan pastel was good to use to lay down large swabs of color quickly all over, including the face. But for details on eyes, mouth, nose, I had to use other pastel sticks and pencils to blend.


01-15-2010, 04:26 PM
I do love the contrast of the magenta background with the blue of his clothes!! How are pan pastels to use? They sound interesting.

01-15-2010, 04:41 PM
Thank you, June. Pan pastels need getting used to because you are swiping the sponges with pastel grains and if we need to do details or detailed colors, it's very hard. I now use it mostly for large surface of colors if my normal Cretacolor Chunky Charcoal doesn't have those color schemes. But it has a good selection of colors. I would say if you have soft pastel sticks already, you don't need to buy it unless you want to try out new products. In the first few trials, I was so frustrated not being able to put colors down in details because the sponges are so much bigger than a pastel stick. The trick is to draw very large I guess. This sheet is very large for me.

01-16-2010, 05:41 AM
Very nice blending in your portrait Sandra. Very aristocratic expression.

What do you mean that you sanded the paper? I'm intrigued.

Love the wooden floor in the last picture you posted Brain. Not a fan of pink, but love this color. :heart:

01-16-2010, 10:05 AM
Inspired by Gauguin's Ta Matete(We Shall Not Go To Market Today)

Watercolor, pen and ink, caran d'ache crayons.

Scanning made the colors a little lighter.


01-16-2010, 12:28 PM
Janet, good interpretation. You gave his painting a lighter touch!

I often use a medium to fine grain sandpaper from the hardware store to sand briefly the paper that does not have tooth to start off with. The velvety surface catches the grain particles better and will flake off less. I don't even have to spray fixative later on. The thicker the paper, the rougher sandpaper I use and the better it is for pastels.

01-16-2010, 01:28 PM
Hey, love that one.

01-16-2010, 07:12 PM
Thank you, Lawrence. Are you doing any this time? I've been browsing through the three links Brian and Janet provided again and saw a few more that is very interesting. Really like his portrait colors.

01-19-2010, 01:18 AM
Janet very colorful scene. It came out really well in watercolours!

01-19-2010, 11:00 PM
nice one Janet, has his forms and colors but your personality is tickling all the ladies toesies

01-19-2010, 11:59 PM
I was following Paul Gauguin's portrait again trying to do his self portrait (http://www.paul-gauguin.net/Self-Portrait--Les-Miserables.html)again.

I was not interested in copying his likeness but more on figuring out how to portray those colors for a portrait.

Fabriano Tiziano paper 9.5 x 13 inch Half page.
Pentel Oil Pastels

The only thing I smudged on this side was the orange background.


My purpose is to transpose the color schemes for my Asian stars. Right next to it, I drew this one - unsmudged.


Today, I smudged the second one to see if it looks better. Hmm...not too different.


01-20-2010, 09:25 AM

:wave: Here's my 'Gauguin-inspired' contribution. 'Taking a dip', watercolours, 4 by 7 ins., wc paper.

I wanted to copy a work by Gauguin but didn't get to it.

This small sketch could be a study for a larger work, I suppose. I used a photo in the RIL for the pose of the girl.

I enjoyed doing it, even if its just a teeny sketchy one, because it reminded me of time I spent in Rarotonga...last century!!:lol:

01-20-2010, 10:20 PM
Hi Sandra, your gauguin portrait is very recognisable as Gauguin, I think. Have you tried silicone shapers to blend OPs? I find they do a good job.

01-21-2010, 12:00 AM
June, that is very Gauguin-ish colors definitely. Nice water color, very modern! I haven't got silicone shapers. I'm not a serious oil pastel user so I didn't want to invest more in it. I'm using more charcoal and pan pastels these days.

01-22-2010, 10:53 AM
Nice one Sandra, I recognized it right off. The expression of the eyes and the mouth is convincing.....life like.

01-23-2010, 03:39 PM
I didn't see those oP's Sandra last time I checked in. Good to see your work.

June - Very nice piece with the water and girl, very inviting

I attempted to copy his Meadow in Martinique and found myself lost in detail . :eek: Egg tempera I think the right hand side of mine is a good composition in itself.

I enjoyed getting famaliar with Gauguin more that I thought. I like his lesser know pieces alot more than the well known ones.

Thanks for your company. See you in the Munter thread??:)

01-24-2010, 06:12 AM
Nice Gauguin portrait Sandra. He was quite handsome, wasn't he?

June your girl is lovely. Gauguin, but with a little June sprinkled on it.

Robin, I like your landscapes...a different side of Gauguin. Beautiful color.

This was a good oldie...thanks Robin.

01-24-2010, 09:06 AM
Thank you, June, Robin, Janet, for your comments. That self portrait I did last was a bit more skinny than the original. I'm still figuring out how to add more colors to it so I'll be back to show the next step I think.

Definitely, I have more to copy from him and will continue to post. He really has good colors.

Robin, your piece is sunnier than his. I wonder why he didn't use sunnier colors.

01-24-2010, 02:04 PM
Hi Robin. You have painted a lovely version of the Gauguin landscape. Gauguin is a terrific artist for 'hot' colour combinations!

04-28-2010, 12:24 PM
I saw this subject and I wanted to finish a picture according to gauguin begun more than a year ago and left thanks to you I finished it this after midday it is in acrylic and makes with mixture of three primary colours.. PR122
PB15 and Y3 of various marks.. I did not understand all subtleties of the pose of colours but I had a passion there and I topped up a transfer of its newspaper " the smile " for the twinkle..
format chassis: 36x55 about thank you for idea


04-29-2010, 12:41 AM
Ah, nice to see this thread resurrected. Nice work too!

04-30-2010, 01:59 PM
nice on Clode - nothing like finishing something you've had stuck back a while- lovely job on the foreground figure, nice forms and the tentative body posture communicates motion and life. congratulation

04-30-2010, 08:20 PM
Beautiful work Clode. The colour combinations are very 'Gauguin'. I love the lady with the hat!

05-09-2010, 08:15 PM
I thank you all for your encouraging comments.

05-10-2010, 12:14 AM
Wow, Clode. I missed this one. I almost thought it was the original if you didn't stake a claim to it. Very Gauguin indeed.