"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."--Picasso
I spend quite a bit of time each day researching Las Meninas, both the Velazquez version and the Picasso renditions, as well as a few other responses. In order to connect more fully with Picasso, I painted a series of small oil paintings this week which were inspired by some linear sketches by Picasso.
And yesterday I experimented a bit with a cubist approach to portraiture.
Today I am focusing on the composition in Picasso's full scale pieces in this series, particularly on how one section flows into another. As I look at this, vague similarities to my current Zentangle project strike a chord, and I realize that it also contains aspects of cubism due to the distortion that occurs when I collage the various squares, circles, and triangles onto the surface of the mannequin.
Cheryl Hicks is a writer and an artist. She is happiest when she can combine the two pursuits.