Thursday, 28 April 2011

Painting like the Masters - Monet

On the Painting Friends forum (link on right) we have a monthly challenge - to paint like one of the masters.
For April, the masterful painter chosen was Monet.

I'm not a huge fan of Monet, but will confess I only knew his water lilies - and they aren't my cup of tea.  So I searched the gallery for his paintings and was pleasantly surprised to see the "woman with parasol" I really liked this one. Now, how to get the feel of an oil, when using watercolour.  Not easy, but I gave it my best shot - and here's the result.  Do feel free to tell me what you think - and if it could be improved any :)


After Monet


38 comments:

  1. Oh Pat... I think she's lovely!! I never thought how difficult it must be to paint a well known oil painting in watercolors... You've done a fabulous job!
    By the by... I like Monet - I think he suffered from astigmatism as he saw the world much as I do without my glasses!

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  2. Thanks, Ann!

    Gosh.. can't imagine life without glasses when you need them!

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  3. Pat, I wouldn't change a thing! You have done a beautiful painting. To copy a master painter is a big challenge!

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  4. Yes this has a feel of Monet.. You said you were trying to get the feel of oils using watercolor. That is difficult. You can try not to do it and still get the feel of Monet.

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  5. You can, indeed, Prabal!
    But I like the difficult route ;)

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  6. Wow...you definitely accomplished this task! At first I thought your painting was Monet's! I think you did a fabulous job! Monet is one of my favorites.

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  7. Thank you Gretchen. So glad to hear a lover of Monet's likes mine :) xx

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  8. I recognized the painting, and that's good. I think you did a most credible job.

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  9. Hi Pat, I really like the result. True, it is not easy to interpret a painting watercolor that has been thought in oil, but to you has been superb. Congratulations!

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  10. Simplemente maravillosa lámina,pareces mirar una de Monet. Hacerla en acuarela a tenido que ser un trabajo muy minucioso para conseguir los trazos.Felicidades me ha gustado muchísimo.Besos y muchas gracias por tus cariñosos comentarios en mi blog.

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  11. Difficult challenge! Very well done!

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  12. oh my gosh, I love it, it has a wonderful feel and such great color

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  13. Hello Pat!
    I like your work, it was delicate and freshness of spring.
    My suggestion if you allow me, use the watercolor at its best, with its full potential for creativity and plasticity.
    I understand that the proposal is to study the great masters, but do not hold your technique, it is important to study the composition, color, movement, visual pathway, and there is an interesting reading of Monet with a free interpretation of the Pat .
    Congratulations and big hug

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  14. Thanks, Carmen :) xx

    Thank you, Conchi xx

    Thanks Judy, was difficult to start with, but I enjoyed it :) xx

    Thanks Maria xx

    For the challenge, Nil, I did try to paint like him. What I will do in the future is take a little of this technique into the next painting and the next, until it all merges seamlessly and I find a style that is just mine. Right now, I still feel as if I am mouldable as a painter, so I am taking every opportunity I can to learn :)
    *hugs* xx

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  15. Dear Pat
    Oh yes.. She is lovely...You have done an outstanding job on this painting.. It certainly does have the feeling of Monet.. He is one of my favorite masters of the art.. I love the movement, color and brush strokes in the foreground that you have accomplished..
    Blessings
    Penny

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  16. Dear Pat,
    Well done! Your work captures the mood of the original work. In my view, technical issues are small things and obviously, watercolor is different from oil, as you/we know. But your work successfuly sends the atmospher such as light, a breeze and a lady's body language. Congratulations.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  17. Wow fantastic, painted in watercolor there is a freshness, that you don't get painting with oil....obviously without taking anything away from Monet :-)

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  18. I am a fan of Monet and like alot of his work, but I hadn't come across this one before! Very difficult to copy an oil in watercolour but you have managed to make a lovely job of it :0)

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  19. Pat, impressionist work in water is really difficult. Great work.

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  20. I think it turned out lovely.

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  21. A great touch of Monet in this Pat. Beautiful job. Congratulations. Love it.

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  22. Thank you Penny, glad you love the feeling of movement - I was quite pleased with that :) xx

    Thanks, Sadami, so happy to hear you think I caught the breeze, too - my art tutor thought the same :) xx

    Thanks Jane - the two girls opposite me in art club said they preferred the watercolour to the oil! How fab is that? :)

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  23. ah, thank you Sandra - so glad you think I've made a lovely job of it xx

    Thanks, Asit. It wasn't easy, but I'm glad you think its great ! xx

    Thank you Ann xx

    Cheers, Dors! My tutor actually said if anyone asked how to do a Monet oil in watercolour - he would show them this and say that's how! SO I was well chuffed :) xx

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  24. Wow, it looks really very nice Pat, I think you did a fresh watercolor version of this "woman with parasol". Ciao!

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  25. Beautiful, Pat! You really did this painting justice!

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  26. I'm not a huge fan of Monet either and I didn't know this painting. I think its a great exercice to copy the masters and you did it very well. Excelent work. From the image of this painting I found in Google, I would say you could improve the scarf, it seems to me it didn't go behind the head so much.It's the only thing to say. Really a god job, Pat!


    Do you know this artist that won a prize with a watercolour named Tree?Take a look:http://www.grahamfransella.com.au/ and than tell me what you think about it.
    Its too hard to understand an judge art works!! xx

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  27. Magnífico resultado, a pesar de la dificultad.
    Saludos

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  28. I think it's one of your best paintings. I love Monet.

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  29. Hola Pat, es muy bonita tu interpretación, llena de delicadeza y encanto, me gusta mucho. Un saludo cordial.

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  30. It's lovely, Pat! Love the look of the tall grass ~ very well done!

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  31. Oh I love it! I think you did an amazing job there!!
    Love the intense colours - you should do a couple of monet inspired doggy paintings

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  32. Thank you all!
    It does feel fresh to me too, Tito - and Anamaria, yes, I think I could have improved the scarf a little - and Pam, I may yet do a Monet style dog :) xx

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  33. Lovely, i love also Monet, great painter.

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