Saturday, February 02, 2008

I hadn't planned on painting and posting today--out late last night, up early today ...--but this evening I started tackling the huge undertaking of weeding out my books (I have at least 2x as many as I have space for; btw, if anyone knows of a good place to donate books, please let me know!). Anyway, I started fliping through Cezanne (Francoise Cahin et al. eds. [Abrams, 1996]) and thought I'd try copying this simple little watercolor, The Green Jug. Turns out Cezanne's method is fiendishly difficult; it requires restraint and judiciousness. Nothing I've ever been accused of.
Then I painted the study on the right of a little pot I bought in Taos: the shape (I love fluting) and it's almost raw-looking stoneware are so pleasing to me.
The study's not exactly "in the style of" Cezanne, but I guess the focus and the mood are--an homage to a humble object.
(P.S. I'm keeping the Cezanne book!)
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5 comments:

doudy said...

Hi Laura, the green Jug is wonderful, Actually before I read your comments I looked at the jar and the first thing I told myself is Cezanne... so BRAVO you captured his method very nicely... I wish I could do it someday, because I like him a lot his my favourite artist.

RHCarpenter said...

I like the look of both of these little jugs. Both have their own personality, don't they?

Tracy Wandling said...

Lovely. A like the feel of these...wonderful light touch. Nice.

Mineke Reinders said...

Great study, but I especially love your Taos pot! Very judicious indeed, it's beautiful!!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Laura,
Your work is delicious. So WATERCOLOR and full of expression, so spotaneous. Love it.

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