Sunday, February 13, 2011

The love of Fairlield Porter(1907-1975)-

When I don't know where to turn to..., I turn to my sketchbooks. Last year I made a series of black and white watercolour studies in my sketchbook.
I painted casual arrangements around the house. I love the way watercolour 'sinks and spreads very fast' into the thin sketchbook paper. It's a challenge...
The small studies were inspired by the work of Fairfield Porter, which I was thinking about at the  time. I believe I went through every book on his work in our city's library system.  I love the way F.P. painted around his home (or right outside his home). The portraits of his children, wife and friends ( male lovers?). The sittings are casual, the sitters are usually doing something quite normal, like eating at the breakfast table, reading, playing the piano, lying in bed with a headache- I guess that's what I mostly delight in , F. Porter painting 'life as usual'. The above is a rough copy of a painting of his daughter Lizzie, at the breakfast table- I studied the composition and the way he worked with values- I felt my work was (and gulp!- often still is...-  wishy-washy- so I always have to be extra vigilant about my values)-
I have also made a note in my sketchbook that I saw similarities here with Bonnard's 'The Lamp'. I don't remember this, but I will look it up again. Fun.
This is another rough, little copy of  a F.Porter painting-'Island Farmhouse-(1969)- the dog sitting in the shade on a hot, sunny day- while this is a value study,  the most gorgeous element in the actual painting is F.Porter's use of yellow -In my notes:' he has just squeezed out the very essence of this. Summer lemonade.'
Best thing to contemplate in mid-February!
Hugs- 

9 comments:

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Kristen Donegan said...

These are beautiful watercolors...not wishy washy at all- you really capture light and mood and they look so effortless- I envy that. Plus I like how you talk about your thought process, very holistic :)

kirsty said...

I'm loving these watercolours!

ELK said...

just so subtle and spellbinding .. relish the tones of black and white

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

these are really beautiful! love the little areas of pure dark :)
happy new week!
xx

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

these are really beautiful! love the little areas of pure dark :)
happy new week!
xx

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

Hooray for Fairfield Porter! And also for Bonnard, Viullard, etc. Lovely drawings! Cheers! Patti

Julia da Franca said...

dear annamaria, i like your blackandwhite watercolors very much, they are excellent and i absolutely agree with kristen! xx julia

renilde said...

Oh yes Annamaria you do beautiful water-colours, playing with light and shadows, lively not static and my eyes go from left to right and up and down(very good sign)x