Friday, November 26, 2010

Still Life of Avocado, Avocado for Matisse, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

The Edmonton Art Gallery has a Matisse Exhibit on at the moment and I have been trying to get down town to see it.  I was talking to a friend on the phone about the show this morning and she is going to organize our art group (we have a small group of about 8 women that get together every now and then like a book club would, only instead we talk art) to go and see it and than have a 'beverage' afterwards to discuss the show.  Even though we meet infrequently (because we are all so busy), our little intimate group is a wonderful support network for sharing thoughts and dreams about art... so I can hardly wait to see everyone for a gallery outing.  It is important for artists to connect with each other in an environment that is nurturing and supportive, and our special group certainly is that.  We share and talk about our art journeys, knowing that we will be heard and supported in whatever way possible by the other women in the group.

So, with Matisse on my mind I painted this piece while thinking about his painting called 'Woman in a Purple Coat'... I think it was the strong stripe pattern with the use of black that made the connection in my brain.

*Click on the image to see a close-up of the thick oil paint 'flesh' of the avocado.

oil on canvas


Linda Popple said...

Beautiful color!

Have fun seeing Matisse!!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

That art group sounds wonderful. Definitely what one needs now and again. I spent several years in Edmonton (went to the University of Alberta), and when I hear you talk about it, I really miss it. Must come back someday. I'm sure it has changed since 1990 :-)
Love the rich bold color and thick paint. Matisse would be happy...and I am so jealous that you get to go to the show..make sure to report back!