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Sticking the shapes onto the canvas was hard as they curled and twisted but I decided the odd wrinkle just was part of the deal and I’ve painted a clear varnish over my ‘Matisse’ so that it can have a happy life on our bathroom wall. I am letting the children discuss and tell me all about it without giving them clues. The shapes which I thought were suggestive of handprints or digging in the sand have been called seaweed and seagulls so it will make for some interesting conversations.

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.

I decided this year to ensure I take time out for creativity and fun. On Saturday I’m off on a one-day workshop called ‘The Words of Matisse‘. We are working big – A1 with tissue cutouts, bright acrylics and rollers. Towards the end of his life, Matisse used letters in his fabulous cut-paper art and this will be our inspiration to create our own exburant artwork. I’m collecting my kit together as well as a few books but still need to decide on my ‘colour quote’

Kandinsky – ‘Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul’ or Manet – ‘There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another’ or half dozen others I have.