Warming up with Peter Paul Rubens –

I am repeating some of my favourite warm up exercise to start this course of tutorials.   I hope that some of you have used  my last post ‘Starting From Scratch’ to get the juices flowing….

The Tiger Hunt by Peter Paul Rubens…..(1615)20200409_171312The 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 manner..

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…..

Squint your eyes and try to observe the painting broken down into shapes and colour…


I then copied it down to black and white – which helps us to understand and see the structure of 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.

If you would prefer, 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. 20200505_133141

If you do this it will set you up for the day….

Over the weekend I will use this image as my ‘jumping off point’ for a tutorial for next week…..watch this space. 

a bientôt


19 thoughts on “Warming up with Peter Paul Rubens –

  1. Mary Hodgson

    Thank you Janet.  Am going to give this a go. Happy New year.  At least we have good (Trump)  news – after what I hope is his final disaster.  Mary xx

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Dear Mary….yes please do give this a go…..and if you have any questions – don’t hesitate to ask….Happy New Year my friend and not long now until the orange Man is gone …..XX

  2. davidjrogersftw

    Boy oh boy, you can be intense can’t you–I love it. Great art work, great advice, great exercse–and your hummingbird too., I think we can all use intensity at times.. Stay well.

      1. davidjrogersftw

        There is double trouble here, as you know: COVID and political chaos. Both at times terrify all of us here, I suppose all Diana and I are doing is waiting to receive the vaccine and for a new president who is not insane. Happliy we never tire of each others comapny though we are always together. We laugh a lot–I can make that woman laugh. All our chidren and grandchikdren are well. So I would say we are afraid but yet confident better days are coming, You always seem well to me and it is always a joy to see your work. I think often of you too. Best, dear friend.

      2. janetweightreed10 Post author

        It’s really good to hear that you and Diana are both well and riding out the storm(s) together with lots of smiles and laughter. We are also very keen to see the back of you know who! Let’s hope the inauguration goes without too much upheaval….Yes here’s to a new President and all of us getting vaccinated. I am due to hear when my appointment will be sometime soon. Onwards my friend….Janet 🙂

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