Saturday, February 6, 2010

A house by the side of the road

Following the Masters

This month we have been studying the work of Robert Henri.
He started the Ashcan School of painting.
Here is one of his paintings moving away from impressionism:

Though it is dirty(ie ashcan school), It also shows a lot of feeling.
Robert Henri felt that art should be more "real". His depictions of every day life put that extra meaning into his paintings.
Here is my version:

This was different for me. This is not my usual way to paint.
Kind of nice to change things up once in a while. Which is a good thing.
I used broader strokes and less precision than usual.
I just let the paint and oil pastels kind of land on the page.
It was fun.


  1. Love your version. Love Hugs and Blessings

  2. I've been following these Fallow the Master paintings with interest, Gemma. This might be something I will try after June and I retire. Perhaps I will be able to, at last, find my own voice in my brushes.

  3. I wish I live there Gemma. I like that the home is set back and there is a long drive way to the house. Brings back memories of a previous home when young. I like your version. I know...I'll walk into your painting and I'll be there. Very nice and thx. Have a great weekend.

  4. I also wish I lived there! Such a beautiful painting...I actually like your's better than Henri's. There is a more romantic feel to it, just like you, Gemma! Lovely work!

  5. I would frame it. or at least have it on show.. lovely, lovely xoxo

  6. Well done, Gemma! I wish I could paint loosely like that. I think your painting does have a soft, romantic feel to it.

  7. "There is only one reason for art in America, and that is that the people of America learn the means of expressing themselves in their own time, and their own land." -Robert Henri

    Are we free? How free? Anyway thanks for visiting my blog just wanted to give you a heads up on the The Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago.

    The Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago was a peace treaty signed between the U.S. and Mexico that ended the Mexican-American war 1846-1848.

    The treaty is suppose to protect our land, culture, etc.

    Did the U.S. honor the treaty?

  8. Your version looks lovely, Gemma!

  9. I like how dreamy your version is. Somehow the details of the off-center windows, the roof with sunbeams hitting it, and the charming chimney on the middle house all stuck with me, so that I had to go back and look at it again. :)

  10. Henri is amazing and so homey. Your soft blur painting is gorgeous and comforting too. I think paintings of houses and other buildings are my favorite.

  11. Oooo! Love it Gemma... how soft and beautiful.. I like painting this way!

  12. I've always loved the Ashcan School of Painting and especially, Edward Hopper, my livelong artistic love.

    Cheers, Colette

  13. The T is silent (Tsi Mayoh). Thanks for asking. Best, Tsimajo

  14. I just happen to be reading a book by Robert Henri now!(not reading it very fast...taking it in in small bits!)
    I like how your "baby steps" are leading you; this pastel is peaceful, charming and colorful!
    Where Robert Henri had red-violet shadows on the road, you have made a rosy driveway! I think your "baby steps" are leading you on a colorful journey!

  15. I'm sorry, but I have to tell you, that your copied painting is not from Robert Henri.

    It's a painting from David Lussier, a contemporary English artist. (look at the signatur ;)

  16. I love the light touches of your paint brush.
    A softer version.

  17. I like yours better. It is softer, not so violent with all those slashes.