I found no better quote to start this chat like the one I found from Chuck Palahniuk, an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction and author of Fight Club.
"The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art."
That's it. Simple and to the point. To have a voice in this world of ours, you have to demonstrate something; To be heard, you have to make that something unusual, interesting, appealing, and exciting. When you make this something with your heart and with your soul, you become that voice. It is a long and winding road. Challenging at times and seemingly unattainable at others. But it becomes your road. It becomes your voice. In these darkest of times, your voice then becomes your anchor. So pick up that pen, that brush, that instrument, and let them guide to greatness (or at least give you a pleasant time 😊).
As I am continuing my journey into painting and drawing, color has become my main obsession, just like Monet once said, "Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.” Matisse, Manet, Van Gogh, and yes, Dufy, and many others like them, fascinate me. Just looking at the colors, immersing in them while trying to emulate them (often quite unsuccessfully I admit 😉), and learning from their styles has become my main passion and the knowledge it will be a lifelong learning curve.
Raoul Dufy was one of those artists. Born in Le Havre in 1877, he was one of those kids who showed a rare talent for drawing at an early age. Being born in a large family, he was forced to leave school at 14, working in an import company while attending night classes at the School of Fine Arts.
Later, living in Paris with Othon Friesz, he studied under Leon Bonnat. Dufy found academic painting very dull and had a preference for the works of Van Gogh and Gaugain (post-impressionists) as well as some impressionist painters. But impressionism was just a stepping stone towards fauvism as he became captivated by Matisse's painting "Luxe, Calme et Volupté.” He adhered to the Fauve movement for about three years and then decided that he had to add more austerity and moderation in his works.
Dufy was also a successful artist in other media. In 1910 he produced a series of woodcuts to illustrate poet Guillaume Apollinaire’s Bestiary,* and in 1912 he designed textiles for the Bianchini-Ferrier textile company and later in the 1920s, set out to design ceramics and tapestries. He made his mark on the 20th century by helping to create a new and modern vision, with sensibility and perception. Dufy’s diverse themes remained with him throughout his life. He tried to create light while using the color black and is well known for racecourses, regattas, the blue studio, nudes, beach scenes, hence emulating Monet's idea of serial painting.
He died in Forcalquier, France, on March 23, 1953.
I will be posting Day 7 of the Isolation Journal a bit later. (We all need little breaks … to keep things real and grounded) I hope you’re all enjoying reading the mental trials and tribulations of my amigo Sylvanus. I wish you’d leave comments or at least reactions. But it is what it is. Before I go, I’d like to reiterate the importance of keeping your mind busy, and art is one of those marvelous ways allowing you to do so. When you make a great looking cake, draw or paint, play music, write a poem …. You will genuinely feel great satisfaction (and the kids will have been busy while learning something new)
Until next time peoples of the page. Stay safe. Be kind. Namaste.
With thanks to:
*Raoul Dufy | French painter | Britannica.
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