Friday, October 9, 2009

Cezanne in Taos

I like to think this is how Cezanne might've painted a Taos hillside...

I experimented here with a different pastel paper (St. Armand Sabertooth), and with crosshatching. The crosshatching, not my usual pastel style, came about because the paper seemed very weird to me and I couldn't figure out how to get coverage. I like the result and may try some more crosshatched pastels, though I fear I don't really have the required patient temperament.



Who's in there? It's Rumi (note he has a name now)! Rumi was a famous Sufi mystic poet. It seems an appropriate name for this bizarre, ethereal little creature who appears to be existing on an entirely different plane of reality than the rest of us, and is all white, like an entranced whirling dervish.



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8 comments:

Melinda said...

I think you've got that right! This is really lovely and I see the Cezanne influence. Yet, it is a subtle one. I think the cross hatching is really effective.

Well done!

Jala Pfaff said...

Thank you, Melinda! I'm looking forward to more experiments with crosshatching, though not necessarily on that kind of paper again.

Gwen Bell said...

Great colors! I like that cross-hatch texture too...very Cezanne. Did you do a rubbing for that effect?

What a great name! He looks adorable all bundled up.

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi, Gwen, yep, he looks awfully cute while sleeping. Like most kittens, though, he's a handful while awake. No, I didn't do any sort of rubbing--it's just old-fashioned crosshatch by hand.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

It does have a Cezanne feel to it. Rumi is dreaming of a fine poem.

diddamsdigitalart said...

I had to laugh, at first the painting and the Rumi picture looked so similar, as though one had influenced the other. Lovely colors and an interesting texture from the paper. I'm not sure I would have the patience for cross-hatching either...
Rumi sounds like a perfect name for a cat. Don't they all live on a different plane from us?

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Bill! "Rumi is dreaming of a fine poem" sounds like the first line of a poem already...very meta.

Hi Donald. Funny, I didn't realize until way after the fact that both posts were in shades of green! Cats definitely all do live on a different plane of existence than us, but this little guy lives on even a different plane than other cats!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Love the cross hatching on this piece, gorgeous colors, very mysterious! This is a great direction, just beautiful! Also, just love the feline updates!