Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Beasts of the Sea
Being an art teacher, I have plenty of art images to use with students when discussing various elements of art & principles of design. During a recent talk about organic & geometric shapes, I showed them this image, Beasts of the Sea, by Henri Matisse. While sharing this, I was quickly reminded how much I appreciate his use of shape and just stared at this picture to imagine what he saw in each of the shapes he created.
Later that night I picked up a bead I had recently finished & sketched out a design using Matisse's Beast of the Sea as inspiration. I have dozens of sketchbooks but this sketch ended up on the back side of an envelope. Anyways, the idea started to take shape and I went out to the torch and made 3 additonal beads. I also made an organic "coral" shaped piece out of silver and formed it to be ripply as if it were floating under water.
Although my interpretation of Matisse's work is distinctly different, I hope you can see & feel what I do. Surprisingly, I chose earthy colors rather than my typical choice of the brights........can't really say why, I just felt like it. The central bead is what I began with and then it just grew from there.