Saturday, September 22, 2007

Lessons From the Low Countries


Suleyman's Legend, Margret Short


Michiel Comans, Calligrapher Artist by Michiel van Musscher was the inspiration for Suleyman's Legend.

I've always been fascinated by the Dutch painters and was thrilled to find out about Margret Short, an artist who recently committed to an incredible project called Lessons from the Low Countries.

She selected 11 paintings from the Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art Exhibit and did an in-depth analysis of the colour palette of each one. Margret did 11 paintings in her own style based on the colour palettes of the selected master paintings. Her palette was limited to the pigments used in the 17th century and were hand ground from powdered pigments such as genuine lapis lazuli and vermilion and turned into paint after a fairly laborious process. The project required a huge amount of research and experimentation and I'm quite in awe of her ability to tackle such an incredible task.

Even though even though my own work is more contemporary I can't get enough of the Dutch masters and have been deeply inpspired by them, by people like Margret too.

3 comments:

Margret Short said...

Dear Cindy, Thank you so much for your kind comments about my pigment project. Receiving compliments from a gifted artist like you is an honor. We were fortunate here in Portland to host this amazing Rembrandt exhibit for the past 3 months. Even though I spent 4 full days at the exhibit at its first stop in Dayton, Ohio, I visited the exhibit several more times here at the Portland Art Museum also.

Learning from the masters is immeasurably enjoyable and beneficial. Like you, I can't get enough of it. To me everything is splendid: the subject matter, the style, the opulent vessels, and especially, of course, the colors. It is amazing to me that they achieved such richness with so few pigments. Just goes to prove the old adage, "less is more." All the best, Margret

Cindy Revell said...

Thank you Margret. You couldn't be more right about less is more. I use a limited palette and like you am always surprised at what I can get out of so few colours. Cindy

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