Be true to what you see and feel


acrylic inks, gesso, collage on w/c paper, 10 X 11″

hang it up with pins

move it around

be true to what you see and feel

even with a storm at sea,

waves rolling in and

people running in fear,

you’ve got your own drama to watch

stay close to it

pin it here, pin it there

if it clashes, surprises or compels

you have found its target

Four of us in the new Monday Afternoon Muse Group had seen the movie Matisse at Tate Modern and MoMA and were beyond inspired by his “cut outs” art created in the last years of his life.  To watch him confined to his chair or bed, wielding enormous dressmaker’s sheers, cutting into painted paper and creating wall sized vibrant gardens of colorful shapes, was enough to set ones fingers to itching for a pair of scissors!  So the lesson was to paint two paintings quickly using the same color scheme and to cut shapes out of one to collage onto the other.


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