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Get Inspired by Fine Arts

Inspired by fine arts. Painting by Emile Vernon. Collage by Peony and Parakeet

The world of fine arts is bursting with ideas that you can use in art journaling or any crafts. On the left, there is Emile Vernon’s painting Elegant Lady with a Bouquet of Roses. On the right, you can see my interpretation.

Painting by Emile Vernon, Collage by Peony and Parakeet

The secret is not to copy but find the concept of the painting and transfer it to your personal style. I began with the dominant factor of the painting which was the beautiful dress. Then I added the various details of the painting in my style. Almost weightless objects and angular lines combined with soft shapes create the atmosphere for both of the work. Because I love surface patterns I wanted to study the painting as a pattern too. I must admit I love the result. It represents the kind of nostalgia that I find very appealing.

Memory of a Dream, a collage by Peony and Parakeet

Another painting to go. I chose Claude Monet’s Impression Sunrise.

Monet's Impression Sunrise, Collage by Peony and Parakeet

Here I kept the theme of the painting but used torn paper pieces to represent the thick brush strokes. The sun was the most interesting detail, so I made many of them. A horizontal composition combined with vertical lines was also repeated. I copied many of the concepts but not the exact painting.

Monet's Impression Sunrise, Collage by Peony and Parakeet

How to Do It?

1) Take your favorite painting and analyze it to pieces. What is the composition, the colors and their relations, the eye-catching details?
2) Reconstruct the pieces and add some of the things that reflect your personal style.

After this exercise, you’ll never complain about the lack of ideas! The whole world of fine art is waiting for you.

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13 thoughts on “Get Inspired by Fine Arts

    1. Thanks, Lisa! After reading your comment I realized that true, my work looks very much like Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night. The original inspiration was from Claude Monet!

    1. Kiitos, Jaana – thanks! Gel mediumilla kiinnitetään kollaasin palat taustaan. Eli käytän sitä liiman sijasta. Ks. lopussa oleva linkki. Golden Soft Gel Glossia saa Suomessa Diversestä, http://www.diverse.fi, toimittaa myös postimyyntinä. Kerro, että minä vinkkasin!
      — Jaana asked about gel medium and I answered that I use it instead of glue. See also a comprehensive article on art supplies: http://www.peonyandparakeet.com/what-art-supplies-do-i-need/

  1. This is a fantastic idea!! I find myself continually going to color palettes and designs and architecture for inspiration, but I love the idea of looking to fine art. I am absolutely going to try this with my embroidery!!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Jen! Embroidery and fine art will go beautifully together! Look forward seeing your creations!

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