Classes resumed this week and the focus this term will be on extending our vocabulary, particularly in relation to "Food" and "Directions". Couldn't come at a better time really!
With only huit semaines (8 weeks) before we arrive in Gay Paree, it's comforting to know that Pierre and I will be able to take ourselves off to the local marche and shop for le pain complet, les gateaux, les legumes, le fromage, un poulet roti etc etc confidently. And with all that 'directional' vocabulary we shouldn't get lost either. We're really looking forward to exploring all the Parisian arrondissements - more on this in my next post.
|Alliance Francaise de Brisbane|
Henri Matisse was a master of elegant, simple lines (among other things)..........and the GOMA exhibition brings together an extraordinary number of his working sketches, drawings, etchings, lithographs, linocuts, screenprints et al.
His portraits are simply beautiful - spontaneous, fluid lines......so simple and direct....and often executed as simple line drawings or completed with a just few brilliant brush strokes of Indian ink. Parfait!
I marvelled at his restraint....his works exhibit the principle, 'less is more' parfaitement. Malheureusement (unfortunately), I have trouble remembering this principle and have ruined many prints by not following it.
I also liked the use of vivid colour in his Jazz series screenprints....scarlet, fuschia, cobalt, lime,
etc etc punctuated by intense, deep black.............Jazz absolutely 'zings' with colour!
Matisse's colours are repeated in the 'drawing room salon', just outside the exhibition.
This space is furnished with similar props as Matisse used in his villa and studio in Nice. Here, people can linger in one of the comfy chairs, draw, enjoy un cafe au lait or just gaze across the river to Brisbane city. Bravo Matisse et GOMA!
|Yayoi Kusama - as you can see, Yayoi is no shrinking violet!|
And lastly, I took myself off to Impress www.impress.org.au (a fab place to print) to proof some new collagraph plates.
Lots to develop and think about here.......but I enjoy working with collagraphs - they're cheap and safe to make, give rich, textural marks when printed and are a lovely piece in their own right.