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"there are always flowers... fabric by artgarage on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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By Jill Herbertson

Telling stories with fabric design since 2012! Original art...all rights reserved. You may market and sell products made from this fabric.

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...for those who wish to see them." Henri Matisse What a joyful painter! What a wonderful approach to life and art!

I have loved this particular Matisse inspired contest, since it's given me a reason to look again at the marvelous sense of color and brushwork of a truly inspired artist. Eons ago, when I was a student of painting and aspiring towards Sargent and Whistler and Eakins, I wondered if that old saw about needing to "suffer for one's art" was true...I mean, was Vincent Van Gogh's painting sublime because of the torment he suffered in his short life? A fellow painter suggested I look at Matisse as an artist who enjoyed the quiet unruffled bourgoise life, and flung all his passion and innovation into his work. Brilliant! I saw a retrospective of his paintings in Washington DC at some point in the 1980s and it was a revelation. Color! Space, Simplicity! I love the way he'd riff on an oriental carpet or Victorian wallpaper! So here's my suggestion for a tablecloth under an Henri Matisse still life. Zoom in to see how much fun I had with the brushstrokes!

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artgarage

artgarage says: Thanks madex, cjldesigns, and rhondadesigns, for your kind thoughts...I hope there is another contest inspired by a great painter soon, because that was fun!

Posted about 4 years ago.

madex

madex says: Beautiful, love the brushstrokes, lovely design!

Posted about 4 years ago.

cjldesigns

cjldesigns says: I love the way the brushstrokes are visible in your design, very nice!

Posted about 4 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: Your beautiful design is a fitting tribute to the joyful passion for life and colour that Matisse expressed so eloquently in his paintings! Thank you for sharing your insights into the life and work of this wonderful artist.

Posted about 4 years ago.

artgarage

artgarage says: Thanks retrorudolphs! The Corel paint program I used has some very delicious brushes...

Posted about 4 years ago.

retroru...

retrorudolphs says: Love the quote and your painterly design is brilliant! Good luck in the contest :)

Posted about 4 years ago.

artgarage

artgarage says: Thanks, wren_leyland!

Posted about 4 years ago.

wren_le...

wren_leyland says: It's like a masterpiece ceiling mural. (Or a riff on one.) Very fitting.

Posted about 4 years ago.

artgarage

artgarage says: Thanks for checking it out su_g! i so appreciate your comments!

Posted about 4 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Beautifully fluid design with wonderful brushstrokes! Enjoyed reading your note too...

Posted about 4 years ago.