Monthly Archives: August 2014

Camille Pisarro – Spring Trees

   “Work at the same time upon sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis and unceasingly rework until you have got it. Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.”

-Camille Pissarro 

The inspiration for our spring landscape came from the great French painter, Camille Pissarro. He was born on July 10th, 1830.  He was a Danish-French impressionist painter. Pissarro studied with great artists like Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.   Pissarro painted outdoors or “en plein air” and he preferred to finish his paintings often at one sitting outside. He painted what he saw, giving his work a more realistic feel.  Pissarro would paint individuals in a natural setting, without artifice or grandeur.

Our classes were inspired by the flowering trees in the neighborhood and had fun layering the petals with a fan brush.

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Paul Cezanne – Pear Still Life

  “With an apple I will astonish Paris.” 

– Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne was born to a wealthy family on January 19th, 1839 in the South of France. His father was a banker and did not want his son to become an artist.  So, Paul Cezanne began his studies in law, and as a compromise his father allowed him to take art lessons.

His work developed a deliberately crude, bold style, slapping and smearing paint onto canvas with a palette knife. He is described as a Post-impressionist best known for his incredibly varied painting style which greatly affected 20th century abstract art. Both Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso were highly influenced by Cezanne.

We did a modern still life, inspired by pears. Students worked with acrylic paint and learned how to layer the paint in a wet-into-wet technique to blend the colours.



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