Matisse Windows Series

I’ve been working on a new series, a detour to explore the graphic possibilities of windows. I’ve always loved windows and doors and every few years devote some mind and hand time to exploring the shapes and framing as well as psychology of them in paint.

I find windows are an opening, a way of opening yourself to something, in this case, a beautiful view, ocean breezes, light and color. I like to look up the meaning of words I’m using and in checking out “window” I came up with a few to take note of:

A means of access or observation,  interval of time during which an activity can or must take place.

I like this…it was related to Old Norse vindauga, “window,” a compound made up of vindr,“wind,” and auga, “eye” (from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/window)

This from a dream dictionary…”an opened widow may represent desire for new adventure in life” and “the windows in our dreams may encourage us to better see the world within ourselves” (from http://www.spiritcommunity.com/dreams/w.php)

Here are the first two in a series inspired by Matisse’s beautiful work.

Beach Cottage View by Cathy Carey
Beach Cottage View by Cathy Carey
Serene Scene - Matisse windows series - by Cathy Carey ©2013
Serene Scene – Matisse windows series – by Cathy Carey ©2013

 

Next in the series I experimented with a view I had sketched while vacationing in Laguna Beach.

Ocean View - Matisse Windows Series by Cathy Carey ©2014
Ocean View – Matisse Windows Series by Cathy Carey ©2014

 

 

This painting is of a view from La Jolla Shores. The pattern in the wall paper is of the under water kelp beds in La Jolla Cove with the bright orange Garibaldi flitting around.

Kelp Bed Cove - Matisse Windows Series by Cathy Carey ©2014
Kelp Bed Cove – Matisse Windows Series by Cathy Carey ©2014

This painting was inspired by a view of the same kind of palm tree in a Matisse painting that I see outside the room I paint in. (I added the ocean view) I made the the curtain from a pattern  in a Matisse painting of agaves.

Palm Window - Matisse windows series - by Cathy Carey ©2014
Palm Window – Matisse windows series – by Cathy Carey ©2014

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2 thoughts on “Matisse Windows Series

  1. Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris says:

    Thanks for liking my latest painting. I really like your Matisse window series. Bonnard had some in a similar vein. Do you know the paintings of Jeroen Krabbé , Dutch painter (better known as an actor)? His landscapes have a similar decorative feel, though is palette is less exuberant than yours, but still really colourful.

  2. cathycareyblog says:

    I love Bonnard, and am inspired by his work. I looked up Jeroen Krabbé and really like his work, thanks for the reference. Oddly it appears he was involved in a snowboard accident today and died, how terribly tragic. I can recognize his face from movies I’ve seen too. How sad for his family and many admirers.

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