January 13, 2015
I’d forgotten how much I learn from making a small study of a painting that robs me of my breath.
On my last full day in Marseille, I visited Musée Regards de Provence, the beautifully renovated Sanitary Station built in 1948 to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Edouard Crémieux’s oil painting depicting sailboats at dock in the Old Port illustrates the use of “bridges”, warms against cools, and connecting darks through a painting to achieve dramatic results. By going one step further than simply recognizing the strength of the painting, by actually standing in front of it and painting a small study, I entwined the experiences, joys, frustrations and new concepts of the previous weeks in Provence.
Study: drawn (June 29, 2014) with General’s Sketch & Wash graphite pencil followed by watercolor. 4.5″ x 6.25″