In Which I Try Painting With Scissors


Awareness of the outside world. Washed Ashore.
HENRI MATISSE ONLINE: Painting with Scissors by London Drawing Group, class taken November 2020.

Based on Violet Leaf on Orange Background (1947).

Tightrope walker and juggler, from old photos, inspired by the circus performers in Jazz. After the first exercise, I cut the forms out as stencils, giving me positive (right) and negative (left) shapes.

To drag this back on topic, a horse.

I don’t hate these.

Household scissors
Melissa & Doug 6×6 origami paper

Process Notes
As much craft as art. Possibly why I was more comfortable with the class. Craft is a much more happy place for me than art.

Was I drafting this blog post while doing the class? Yeah, I but always am. Thinking about possible blog posts is a constant for me. So, while I might not have been 100% present, coming up with a fun idea to share also makes me happy. [Life With a Blogger]

Another person who took the class. Win’s Books: International Art Class: Matisse – Painting with Scissors.

A video of Matisse cutting, with huge scissors, using cutting style you would not expect, YouTube: Footage of Henri Matisse making a paper cut out.

Tate Modern.
The Guardian: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs review – ‘how rich, how marvellous, how alive’, Adrian Searle, 2014.

Matisse: Nicholas Serota on curating a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ exhibition, Nicholas Serota, 2014

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern – in pictures

The exhibit. Introspective Magazine: “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs”, Carol Kino, 2014

The process. MOMA: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Speaking of Internet rabbit holes. I struggled to locate the home of Violet Leaf in order to link to it. Turns out the owner died recently and the sales of his collection are hung up due to Covid, Gagosian: Works on Paper from a Distinguished Private Collection.

Stay safe. Stay sane.
Katherine Walcott

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