Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Artful Cut Outs

  How was your Monday? We woke up to icy, icy walkways and roads and rain/ freezing rain! It did improve somewhat by afternoon but anything still wet refroze late at night. UGH! I am so very lucky to not have to go to work but I do worry about everyone who does. I've already had to cancel my second appt. of this new year! You'd think I'd have learned by now not to even bother scheduling anything in Jan. or Feb.

 Well, at least it allows me to keep at organizing and going through things, making art, and working towards some new goals.

 I was so captivated by a segment on TV Sun. AM about Henri Matisse that I couldn't wait to get to work on a page inspired by it!! The segment showed an interview of him in later years doing his "cut out" art. I knew absolutely nothing about this phase of his art and became so fascinated by it that I googled all I could find and then set to work. This is what I came up with:

                                                                      "Dance Of Joy"

 For this style he used either color blocks or a solid color for the background and then cut out silhouettes or patterns and repeated them on his canvas. He moved them around until he liked the composition then glued them down. I traced an image onto black card stock I cut from a magazine. This is entirely made simply with card stock and I have to say I loved going back to the basics again!

 Linking to Art Journal Journey, Mix It Monthly, Paint Party Friday, and Express Your Creativity.

 With the weather we've been having all I can think of is comfort food- mainly soups. So I made a pot of Italian Wedding Soup to have for a few dinners:

and along with the soup was a fresh loaf of organic rosemary olive oil bread and a pot of green tea!

 I'm joining Elizabeth and friends for T Stands For Tuesday. Other than that I have been watching Downton Abbey and the Celebrity Apprentice faithfully! Although I am not really a Donald Trump fan, nor a fan of many of the celebs, I do love seeing how they all come up with their strategies to win the task each week. Do you have any favorite shows you're watching? Who's inspiring you lately? I'd love to know!

 " I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it."    Henri Matisse


  1. Great page! I saw that same program on Matisse although I was already familiar with some of his cut out work. I posted about a new to me artist yesterday. Her name is Louise Bourgeois.


  2. Love your Matisse inspired art, so joyful! Soups are great this weather, I just ate my veggie stew, yummy! Thanks for joining us again at Art Journal Journey, Valerie

  3. Your art is lovely--like you, I had no idea Matisse did "cut outs"! The link was very interesting.

    We had some of that icing yesterday but fortunately the temperature seemed to go up as the day wore on and it was not too bad.

    I have split pea soup cooking in the crock pot today. Happy T Day!

  4. I think your Matisse-inspired piece does look joyful :) I love your meal photo. It looks so cozy. And that bread! Yum!

  5. I would have liked and enjoyed to eat this meal with you and do some art in Matisse's style afterwords together with you Linda.
    I love your page and the whole post makes me feel warm and cozy!
    Thank you for sharing this all with us at AJJ!
    Hope the sun ( just at the moment she is here ..will comt to your area and melt all the ice and snow ways!

  6. Happy T-day Linda and thanks for the earlier visit. I didn't see the show about Matisse, although I'm vaguely familiar with him. I did look into Louise Bourgeois , after visiting Darla yesterday.

    I DO really like your journal page. How fast we seem to forget that a lot of the old masters kept things so very simple. Maybe we just have too much to play with.....LOL

    I've been eating a lot of soup since the temps have dropped. Yours looks amazingly good, and the bread sounds delightful...........ok, now I'm hungry!!!

  7. What a wonderful interpretation of Matisse. I didn't see the show, but it might have been something local to your area. However, I like the color blocking you used, as well as his cut outs.

    Sounds like you are as cold as it is here in KS. I can relate to the ice and refreezing each morning. Your lovely meal of comfort food and tea look perfect for this weather though. Thanks for sharing it with us for T this Tuesday, dear.

  8. Love your art journal page and the cutout you chose. YES! Its so nice to have the TV series start with new shows again... i was getting so tired of reruns... lol... oh goodness we watch too much tv...but i don't watch the shows you mentioned... We enjoy Sleepy Hollow, Castle, NCIS, Forever, Elementary, Person of Interest, Agents of Shield, Grimm.......and the list goes on... lol Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  9. Love the joyful page!! The soup and bread sound sooo good! I am continuing to procrastinate with appointments until spring and the ice melts. Downton Abbey, for sure!! Happy T-Day! :)

  10. Wonderful page with nice colour blocking and the good looking silhouettes. I like it so much and I think mr. Matisse would like it too.
    Thanks for your dear comment on my blog.
    Dear Greetings

  11. Absolutely love you Matisse rendition~ Beautiful!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol
    ps. late in posting this week!

  12. Fabulous Matisse inspired piece Linda. So perfect for the challenge. xox

  13. I really like your color blocks... The dancing silhouettes are wonderful.

  14. Great page!!! That soup looks wonderful!!! It's definitely soup weather this week.

  15. Yum...I just had a bowl of soup myself. Your art is lovely. I've never worked with silhouettes like that. Maybe I'll give it a whirl.

  16. ooohh your matisse page its stunning,love the silhouettes and colors,mi think matisse love that too.

    xxx Jeannette

  17. love your happy page..we have just had a beef curry as its very windy and cold here at the moment

  18. I love Matisse... I went to an exhibition of his paper cuts a couple of years ago with my daughter it was inspiring.

    Love the energy in your piece.

    Stay in, keep warm and safe :)

    Karen x

  19. That is a wonderful Matisse inspired page - it's so happy!

    I can't wait for the new series of House of Cards, all 4 of us love that show :) Apart from that there isn't much on the tv that makes me want to watch it - I'm trying so hard to watch less and art more. I feel so much happier after a night of arting than a night of flumping in front of rubbish tv!

    Keep snuggly (and safe) indoors!


  20. I didn't know either! Your homage is just wonderful!! I too love the color and energy! xo

  21. LInda your piece is absolutely stunning! You catch Henri´s call to the youth and freshness so well!! What an energising and happy piece of art! Would love to see more of these :) Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

  22. Yum, that soup sounds so good! I have a meatloaf that is smelling good on right now. I love your cut out art! Very cool.

  23. Wonderful and very lively journal page! Great colours, too!


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