I have finally got around to doing some painting inspired by a well-known NZ artist for Art Journal Journey’s theme of Inspired by the Masters for November.
I have chosen Frances Hodgkins - 1869 -1947. She is one of the earliest Women Artists in New Zealand. It wasn’t until she left NZ at the age of 37 and went to Europe that she obtained recognition for her art. Luckily, nowadays NZ women don’t have to leave NZ to follow a career in art.
For the first painting (Two Women with a basket of Flowers 1915) I more or less copied, but in watercolour rather than oil that Hodgkins used. This painting was before her more well-known semi abstract work that was influenced by Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson.. Looking at it I would say that Matisse was an influence, as I think of him when I look at it.
For the second painting The Farmer’s Daughter I decided to do my own take.
I actually found it quite hard to put my spin on it, made me realise that I need my girls to talk to me!
In 1912-13Francis Hodgkins taught in Paris at Colarossi's academy, the first woman to be appointed instructor in the school. I found a picture of her that shows her as a fun person as opposed to the usual photo of her looking very stern and school mamish.
Now this talked to me and inspired me to do this painting.
That is it for this week, have a creative week everybody and thanks for visiting.
Linking to Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kirstin
And ArtJournal Journey hosted this month by Valerie with Susi