Ever wonder where that term came from? Students studying painting first learned drawing, then materials, color, perspective, still life, figure painting and landscape. When they could put it all together, they presented the Guild with one “Master Piece” that incorporated all the elements they had learned. Also known as a Genre Painting, it shows all your mad skills in one work. I was asked to recreate a Picasso Masterpiece for a couple– looked easy at first. Repainting a master work is a challenge but more than that, it is a way to get inside the head of an artist. I present my version of “Absinthe Drinker”: Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 48″
So is a mood in a painting a good thing or a bad thing? Where is the line between mysterious and creepy? I think I found it here. The figures in this graphite work are life size, it started as a triple self portrait and took on a live (or lives) of its own. Don’t fear the mood, if you can create one, that’s a good thing. If it’s too disturbing, put it away, you will encounter it again when you are ready. 42″ x 65″, graphite, charcoal and chalk on 180lb watercolor paper.