As we were analysing Matisse’s work, someone said it looked like a holiday. That was it – a springboard for my idea and I decided to express something of the joy of seaside, sun, sand and the fun children have using Matisse’s expressive shapes. I was particularly inspired by his picture of ‘The Parakeet and the Mermaid’. We mixed colours and rollered gouache on to large sheets of paper and then were challenged to cut colour without drawing and planning in detail. Normally I am fussing about millimeters and now I had to just cut letters without pencil outlines but looking at Matisse’s ugly cut letters gave me confidence. My work is in progress and when it is finished I will post the completed result. What a great Saturday workshop – I left feeling revived and invigorated.

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