The Tiger Hunt by Peter Paul Rubens…..(1615)The Tiger Hunt is one of those paintings that permeates all the senses. It stirs me deeply. I can hear the noise of the hunt coming off the canvas. I can smell the sweat of the warriors and animals. It is alive.
As in any great masterpiece the rhythm and harmony within this painting can only be achieved when all elements of the artwork come together in a unified way.
I thought it would be a good exercise to work from a photograph of this painting to help us to see and understand it better and at the same time warm up and get the creative juices flowing.
I used the image of The Tiger Hunt only as a JUMPING OFF POINT. to warm up.
I was not trying to copy it exactly…this is very important. Working very quickly using watercolours, I wanted to explore and discover the rhythmic values in the painting…..
I copied it down to black and white – which helps us to understand and see a painting better.
Using a Prussian. blue and burnt Sienna mix I sketched out a very fast watercolour detail which again helped me to see and understand the image.
Choose an image that you would like to explore – and have some fun. It’s a good way to begin the day. At the same time we can learn a great deal about the way an artist thinks.
Think jigsaw puzzle…abstraction…don’t get caught up in the detail.
Next week I was supposed to be with my son and his partner on the horse farm in Amish country Pennsylvnia, USA that they manage. Obviously I won’t be travelling there.
However, for the fun of it I am planning another VIRTUAL TRIP starting Monday 11th May.
A watercolour/gouache sketch I made from my last trip there two years ago.
This will be different from the VIRTUAL WORKSHOP IN PORTUGAL – we enjoyed from 15th April til 22nd.
It will be more of a diary based on all the animals, landscape and the lovely Amish people who are close neighbours to Jarrod and Kendle.
Hope you join me.