matisse-inspired play

This weekend I found myself completely obsessed with Matisse's paper cut work. I've had a book on my shelves for years, so I cracked it open again and got lost in his world of shapes and color and composition. It inspired a bit of playful exploration. Cutting shapes and thinking more about how to simplify my imagery... How to use simple shapes and color for more a more graphic approach to my work. It was fun to explore and think and dream. In the process, I did some little studies to share: Negative paper cut and placed above a painted surface. (My favorite Prussian Blue of course.)

penelope dullaghan : matisse inspired play : blue shapes

The opposite: the actual cut pieces arranged on a white surface.

penelope dullaghan : matisse inspired play : positive shapes

A selfie?

penelope dullaghan : matisse inspired play : selfie

What happens if we look at the shadows?

penelope dullaghan : matisse inspired play : shadow

It's always fun to play... my favorite way to learn. :)