This is a copy of a painting by the early 20th century French artist, Jean Puy (1876 - 1960), which I just completed for an atelier in Bordeaux. Born in Lyon, Jean Puy moved to Paris and exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in 1905. A hostile critic gave the name 'Fauvists' ('the wild beasts') to the painters exhibiting, and the label 'Fauvism' stuck. Puy befriended and was influenced by Matisse, Derain, Marquet, but was never more than mildly 'Fauvist.' He loved life and painted in bold joyful colours. At times he used simplified forms and produced an effect of blithe naivety.
My contribution to the Rookie Painters February challenge. We were presented with a ravishing couple of photos to choose from -- objects sensitively selected and cunningly arranged to form a striking composition. An engrossing challenge, indeed. I found the reflections in the copper kettle and of course all those links in the chain, the most difficult.
Was the unicorn of legend based on memories of an extinct Eurasian rhinoceros? If so, that's a far cry from it's acceptance as a symbol of purity and grace, an animal which could only be captured by a virgin.
Painting and writing -- I've never known which of the two I want to do more. So why not both?
But I've come to realize that the writing tends to be lengthy, and may be too controversial, for a blog. So it won't be so much in evidence as my occasional absences from painting because of it.
I'm not a painting-a-day person. My Muses are fickle maidens and often skip away for weeks.
I think the subject of a painting should be intrinsically interesting -- and never far removed from the human.