Happy 2015 to all! I am in the middle of reading “The Unknown Matisse”, by Hilary Spurling- a biography of the early years of Henri Matisse. A genius of color, pattern and composition. I have always loved Matisse, but to follow his life from birth to a young artist is so revealing, so personal- and so motivating. He grew up in a textile town in France, surrounded by fabrics and jacquards and weavings- later by textiles and rugs of the Middle East and Africa- and found true joy in their patterns and colors. His life and his vast body of work are inspirations for me, for the coming year.
Happy New Years Eve
I am happy to wake up and see the blue sky and sunshine in Colorado. The last few days have been below zero and snowy….very inhospitable. It’s already ten degrees, so all’s well with the world. These “vintage” looking mums and alstroemeria said “Good Morning” today. I wish you all a Happy New Year’s Eve.
Alstromeria, Plaid tablecloth and Patchwork quilt
Today, in the spirit of Matisse, I set up a still life with too many elements. For a 7 x 10″ piece of watercolor paper, I think this was too ambitious. Next time: more simple.