Degas – His paintings, his life.
Hello, and happy Friday! I have been reading about Edgar Degas this week and trying to do watercolor sketches of of some of his work. I don’t have them photographed yet to post, but here is an article in Wikipedia about him if you would like to learn about him. Here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Degas
He was a very serious artist, even going as far as rejecting his father’s wish for him to become a lawyer. In fact, he spent most of his time out doing artwork rather than studying law! 😉 These three images I found on Google.com of some of his dancers that he is famous for are ones I had never seen before. I’ve seen a few images of his “Blue Dancers,” but not this one with the three ladies in that particular pose.
What I love about these paintings are the way he could depict the human body so simply and beautifully. His colors are striking in the first one here with the pinks and yellows. Yesterday I did an acrylic of a dancer trying to show her twirliing. She has a yellow dress on, however, I cannot do faces in acrylics yet, so she looks a bit gothic again. Oh well, practice, practice, practice I always say! I will probably post it soon. I also did a watercolor of the same poses in different colors, but I definitely used the wrong color for the background, and I really don’t like it at all. You probably will never see it! HA! 😉
Well, in the meantime, while I get my paintings ready to post, take the time to read about Edgar Degas and view his many paintings on Google.com. I have come to love his work very much.
Also, Happy Mother’s Day early to all of my blogging friends who are mothers or who have wonderful mothers! I still miss my mom greatly; she has been gone for nine years now. I actually made a request for a gift this year which I don’t do every year. In a magazine I saw a book review on a new book about Van Gogh and his letters which I am looking forward to reading very much. I love his work so much. What I love most is that he truly painted in his own style which is something I am stilly working on developing for myself!
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂