Monthly Archives: November 2012

Day 18 – The Midpoint between Realistic and Abstract Painting

Afternoon Sailing, by Mary Gow

“Afternoon Sailing,” watercolor by Mary Gow, inspired by Gustave Courbet’s “Seascape”

Derived from Gustave Courbet’s “Seascape” by Mary Gow[/caption]Some impressionist paintings look borderline abstract to me.

Like Gustave Courbet’s “Seascape,” painted in 1874.

Here’s a watercolor I derived from his painting.

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Day 17 – Honoring Antoine Chintreuil

Honoring Antoine Chintreuil's "The Coast," by Mary Gow

Honoring Antoine Chintreuil’s “The Coast,” watercolor by Mary Gow

I love gestural drawing and painting – and especially admire the work of Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, and Vincent Van Gogh.

Have you ever heard of impressionist painter, Antoine Chintreuil, born in 1814 in Paris, France?

I thought I’d paint a quick semi-abstract landscape today. Here’s a watercolor I derived from Chintreuil’s “The Coast,” which he painted from about 1850 to 1857.

For this sickly, solitary, poor painter, a former pupil of Corot, the Ile-de-France was the occasion of delicate poems in which Redon rightly distinguished “that tender and gentle genius which reveals itself in a simple manner and in such a discreet form and whose profound and passionate reserve is echoed only in a number of select souls.”

(Impressionism, 1973, published by Chartwell Books, Inc., p. 45).

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Day 16 – Art Heals

Alive! by Mary Gow

“Alive! ” watercolor on paper by Mary Gow

“These will heal you.”

“Henri Matisse, 1945. (a promise about the beneficent radiation of his color as he placed his paintings around the bed of a sick friend).” – from Art in Healing Spaces

Like Matisse, organizations such as Art Heals spread the word about the power of art.

I enjoyed Heather Rodale’s site, Healing Through the Arts.

On the Art and Healing page of her site, she mentions a book I’m going to look for. It’s called Art Heals: How Creativity Cures the Soul (2004), by Shawn McNiff.

One of my personal goals is to create art that heals. I’m sending lightness and joy to you today and the days ahead. Catch the vibe in today’s piece! 🙂

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Day 15 – Focusing

"Focus," by Mary Gow

“Focus,” watercolor on paper, by Mary Gow

The most important thing to focus on today is: ___________ (fill in the blank).

It’s getting easier and easier to get detoured from what’s important, isn’t it?

I don’t need to remind you of the daily barrage of information to sort through.

To control my email that pops up in my “in” box I created a bunch of folders and then I created a bunch of rules so that much of my incoming mail goes directly to folders. It feels so much better!

Freedom software might be worth a try. It’s $10 to download. You can choose how much time to restrict your access to the internet.

What’s one of your focusing techniques?

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