This week I am very excited to focus on cubism. Pablo Picasso was one of the founders of this movement, which placed art within the confines of geometric shapes, two dimensional space and multiple viewpoints. Here is a lovely essay on this style, if you care to learn more!
This week, the work which is our launching point is Sylvette by Picasso. A lovely portrait painted with lots of shapes, colors and limited detail, so that we are forced to focus on the things that are important to consider. Keeping that in mind, this week’s challenge is to:
Complete a modern portrait of something inspirational to you while paying homage to cubism.
I chose to do a painting of a female with lots of colors and shapes. The shapes in my artwork were placed to enhance facial features and give more interest to the picture as a whole. Also, as I was completing the work, I started thinking about how symmetry is often related to beauty. Hence, I offset some of the facial features to see if my perception would change. What do you think? Is the woman in the painting beautiful still, or does the misalignment of things take away from her appeal?
I look forward to seeing what you come up with! If you are new to this challenge, you can visit this page for more details. Also, don’t forget to tag your work with #whatsnextwed, so that everyone can see what you’ve done.
Special thanks to talented artist Holly Sharpe for giving me some inspiration in modernizing this piece. You can visit her lovely work here.
This week, we will be taking a journey into the world of Surrealism. Here is a lovely essay about this movement and what it embodies. Surrealism asks for you to imagine. To take the real and process it in the factory of the mind, where added colors, shapes and packaging can change it into a totally new product. My initial idea was to reinterpret The Persistence of Memory by Salavador Dali, as this work is pretty well known and found interesting by many. However, I then decided to allow for a broader interpretation of things and so will simply concentrate on the movement this week. So here is my Dragon Fly.
This stemmed from my often picking dragonflies as a subject and wondering what it would be like to reinterpret them. Do you see what I did there? Just a quick, fun leap into the imagination! Do feel free to visit Dali’s aforementioned artwork here to gain some additional inspiration and to learn more about Surrealism in general.
So for you this week:
Add some surrealism to a recent dream, thought or memory that you’ve had.
Make it simple, or make it elaborate. Just make it. Also, if you are new to What’s Next Wednesday, please visit the event page here for all the specifics and don’t forget to add the hashtag #whatsnextwed to your work so we can all share in the creativity. Thanks for checking out this post, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Welcome to our newest installment of What’s Next Wednesday! This week’s challenge is:
Recreate your own version of The Scream by Edvard Munch, but add a modern element!
Don’t forget to post your work at #whatsnextwed for all to see! I had a blast with this piece, although I came to realize that I am much better at recreating three dimensional subjects than two dimensional ones! It was also a new experience for me to recreate, with watercolors, some of the painterly details that were originally rendered in paints/pastels. So here is my version:
As you can see, I added headphones, which gave the expression a whole new context. I will let you interpret the context as you wish. I also took to heart that the clouds were originally linked to blood in Munch’s painting. This inspired me to really “go for it” when adding the red in the sky and to let the colors flow as they wanted to, much like blood might flow across the sky if it could. Hope you have fun playing with this piece this week!
I am so inspired by Vincent van Gogh. Hence, I was thrilled to hear that a fully painted feature film about his life and art is in the works! I wanted to share the trailer with you, and if it piques your interest, you can learn more about the film here. Enjoy, and be amazed!