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Weekly Gallery Chat – Charles Renee Mackintosh – Watercolors

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Charles Renee Mackintosh created stylized ethereal eastern flavored watercolors and was part of the  symbolist movement as well as being heavily influenced by the arts and crafts movement.  His work also included sculptures, furniture and ceramics.

He was an architect whose designs reflected the art nouveau tenets of fluidity and organic gracefulness.


Here is an example,


See how massive the stone is depicted yet it has an other worldly essence captured as well.

here’s another,

You can see the stylized basis of his forms in this painting and the art nouveau influences.


Look how the methods he uses in his painting bleed into his architectural endeavors – beautiful lines…


Have a great night!


Charles Rennie Mackintosh (June 7, 1868 – December 10, 1928) was a Scottish architect, designer, and watercolourist. He was a designer in the Arts and Crafts movement and also the main exponent of  Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom. He had a considerable influence on European design.                       FROM WIKIPEDIA

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ERROR update   Wait a minute that second painting was a Schiele (Egon that is) or Gustave Klimt, I will have to do some research… So now the second painting is a MACKINTOSH!!

I hold those three artists in my mind as three of my all time favorites and in a class alone so I do interchange them while thinking!!!

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Friday Night Gallery Chat, A Watercolor Painted With Skill And Panache

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Good evening,  the above watercolor was painted by Leslie White, a Watercolorist ( the Link to see more work is below) who feels an affinity with Egon Schiele and his work.  If you look at the larger painting  you can see the ease with which Leslie is able to lay down his lines.  His use of color is unexpected yet the colors flow one into the other.


I have the smaller image below so you can see how a painting changes as it gets farther away from your eye,


Looking at the neck and how well it is painted, you can feel the jowls and fur and only a minimal amount of paint was used.  There is  real heft to the shape of the head similar to a stone sculpture.

This painting shows why you should check out your local museum or gallery whenever you can!


Have a great weekend!



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Friday Night Gallery Chat – Beautifully Fragile Watercolors – Egon Schiele

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Good Afternoon,  I am thinking about Egon Schiele , when I was in Austria I bought a print of one of his watercolors and it is still one of my favorite prints.  Most his work is on a small scale but the detail and feeling expressed is voluminously deep.  His subject matter can be explicit, I mean he doesn’t shy away from what is before him when painting a model, but there is, to me, a sense of truth in how he paints not sensationalism. 

He was part of the art nouveau/expressionist movements.  The major themes of death and love  weave through his work, see below,


Tod und Mädchen (Death and the Maiden), 1915

His works in watercolor are exceptional, some say that watercolor is one of the hardest mediums to master because once you put the pigment down on paper there are few option in adjusting the image,  

Look at how he basically uses just one color orange (a cool orange and a warm orange) to paint this model,

(Tip, warm colors come forward cool colors recede  on the picture surface)

So go buy an inexpensive set of watercolors set up a still life or ask a friend to pose and try out this medium!  (send any results and I will post them next week!  Take the plunge!

Photograph by Anton Josef Trčka
Birth name Egon Schiele
Born 12 June 1890(1890-06-12)
Died 31 October 1918 (aged 28)
Nationality Austrian
Field Painting
Training Akademie der Bildenden Künste
Movement Expressionism
Works Porträt des Albert Paris von Gütersloh, 1918; Self-portrait, 1912
Influenced by Gustav Klimt

Egon Schiele (12 June 1890 – 31 October 1918) (German pronunciation: [ˈʃiːlə], approximately SHEE-luh) was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century.

Schiele’s work is noted for its intensity, and the many self-portraits the artist produced. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele’s paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism, although still strongly associated with the art nouveau movement (Jugendstil).

The most important collection of Schiele’s work is housed in the Leopold Museum, Vienna.

from Wikipedia Image/ Text


Have an  intoxicating weekend!


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