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ABOUT IMPRESSIONISM

About Impressionism painting

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Tel: 0118 9483155 email: studio@joedaisy.co.uk

The Impressionist Painters, Monet, Cezanne, Renoir etc were painting from the 1860s to 1890s

Their paintings were all about LIGHT, MARK MAKING AND COLOUR

 

HOW IT BEGAN

Impressionism

The very first painting which started the Impressionism Movement in Art was 'Impression of Sunrise' by Monet in 1872 = hence the name of the movement = Impressionism'

WHY IT BEGUN

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT Up until this time period (1860s) in art, painting was very REALISTIC. Artists painted exactly what they saw = more of a photographic representation.

But colour photography with cameras had, at this time, been perfected. So artists were looking for a way of creating art works that were NOT photographs.

HOW WAS IT RECEIVED?

The paintings in this 'Modern, Impressionistic' style, were, at first met with derision. They were such a RADICAL departure from paintings up until this time = that they were regarded as 'lazy' unskilled and ridiculous.

WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE?

how to paint impressionistically

'Impression of Garden' by Caroline Hulse

1. Paint is applied to canvas that has NOT been prepared with a dark underpaint background (this was traditional). i.e you use a white canvas prepared with white gesso.

2. THICK paint is usually applied in thick dabs of colour. Previously artists painted in layers, placing one layer of paint over another. SLOWLY

3. Impressionism is FAST.

4. You paint what you see - without detail

5. Premixed paint = now available in tubes (1860s) could be taken to paint outside (plein air) = so painters could paint quickly and work with LIGHT

6. Up until now painters MADE their own paint. There were no 'tubes' of paint.

7. Exaggeration. Colour is laid 'pure'. Side by side blue next to pink etc

8. To make colour VIVID

COMPOSITION

how to paint impressionistically

'Impression of Peonies' by Caroline Hulse

1. You still need to create a 'Fine Art' painting. A painting which you can look at FOREVER!

2. Compose with the Fibonacci Sequence. (a 9 section Grid)

3. Form, joining lines and Space are all essential.

COLOUR & LIGHT

how to paint impressionistically

'Monda - Spain' by Caroline Hulse

1. Exaggerate Light by CONTRASTING your colours and using WHITE

2. Exaggerate Colour

3. Great TONE. Light, dark and medium areas of colour

HOW YOU PAINT

how to paint impressionistically

1. Front to Back = paint the MAIN item first

2. Then paint the background as you go along

3. The Impressionists saw life as colour and light = as opposed to drawn fine detail

BRUSH MARKS

how to paint impressionistically

1. Let yourself go a little

2. Make random brush marks, the more exciting the better

3. Make the brush mark to suit the form

4. Let the BRUSH do the WORK

LESS IS MORE

how to paint impressionistically

'House in Mapledurham' by Caroline Hulse

1. Get the FEELING of foliage with COLOUR and LIGHT

2. MARK MAKE to create the SHAPE of the form

3. Create a Building just by OUTLINE and COLOUR and TONE

4. Do not paint in every brick!

5. Think about how 'WHACKY' or HEIGHTENED COLOUR can give you a IMPRESSIONISTIC LOOK

6. Work out which AREA IS THE LIGHT AREA

7.Decide on areas of LIGHT and DARK tones

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CLICK FOR IMPRESSIONISM PAINTING COURSES AT JOEDAISY STUDIO

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Caroline Hulse FRSA is listed in the Public Catalogue, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She has paintings and prints in major public spaces, hotels, restaurants and offices. As well as private homes.

She paints every day in one of her three studios. The 'Magic Easel' Art Studio Gallery (www.magic-easel.com) is open for viewings = by appointment. Tel: 0118 9483155

Caroline and her daughter (Cat Croxford) own JoeDaisy Studio in Mapledurham, Berkshire. 0118 9483155

Impressionism Painting weekends