Chasing Matisse

Who doesn’t love the work of artist Henri Matisse?

The artist once said “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Perhaps this is what draws so many of us to his work, the joy, the playfulness, the feeling of contentment

I admire the work of countless artists, some of whom are very dark and somber, but who use color and marks to render raw, emotional images that haunt the viewer. But that’s another story for another day.


When I decided to reinterpret a painting I completed years ago, “Girl with Black Dog (above 30 x 40), I was inspired by Matisse to use cheerful patterning so familiar in his work. In his works below, look for the floor patterning, the curly designs on the green table and the music sheet with the apple.





You can find some of these patterns in this new work. Mine are different, but you can recognize similarities. Truthfully, had I just made up my own patterns without looking at his work, probably he would have already used them. The diversity in his patterning seems endless.

Waiting for Henri, 40 x 40
Waiting for Henri, 40 x 40

It was great fun. I wonder what’s next. A big, new white canvas is an exciting thing to behold.

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