Monday, May 26, 2014

Summer 2014 - Geese by Alfred Sisley

Pastel 1897
Alfred Sisley (/ˈsɪsli/; French: [sislɛ]; 30 October 1839 – 29 January 1899) was an Impressionist landscape painter who was born and spent most of his life in France, but retained British citizenship. He was the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air (i.e., outdoors). He deviated into figure painting only rarely and, unlike Renoir and Pissarro, found that Impressionism fulfilled his artistic needs.
Sorry for the lack of postings these past few months!  Let's work on this painting by Alfred Sisley for this summer, we will have until the beginning of September.  Happy Painting!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March Study - The Sunflowers by George Braque

Georges Braque was born on 13 May 1882 in Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise. He grew up in Le Havre and trained to be a house painter and decorator like his father and grandfather. However, he also studied artistic painting during evenings at the École des Beaux-Arts, in Le Havre, from about 1897 to 1899. In Paris, he apprenticed with a decorator and was awarded his certificate in 1902. The next year, he attended the Académie Humbert, also in Paris, and painted there until 1904.

This month's painting was suggested by Azra Iqbal!  Have fun painting!

Azra Iqbal - The Sunflowers after George Braque

Sunday, January 12, 2014

January Study - House and Farm at Jas de Bouffan by Paul Cezanne

Oil on Canvas, 60x73cm
Prague, National Gallery

"In September 1859 Paul Cézanne’s father bought a large country house and farm, called the Jas de Bouffan, just outside Aix-en-Provence. For the next forty years, this estate, which included a large 18th-century house, alleys of chestnut trees, and views of Mont Sainte-Victoire (another of the artist’s favorite sites), afforded Cézanne with many of his subjects. No fewer than thirty-seven oils and sixteen watercolors of the Jas de Bouffan and its immediate environment have been catalogued."

Let's start the year with a painting from one of my favorites!  I love the colors in this one, definite reminder of Provence!

House and Farm at Jas de Bouffan by Karen d'Angeac Mihm (after Cezanne)
 Oil on 8x9 Canvas paper
Watercolor 9x12

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November/December Study - Madame Edouard Pailleron by John Singer Sargent

Madame Edouard Pailleron 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter  
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC 
Oil on canvas 
208.3 x 100.4 cm (82 x 39 1/2 in.) 
Gallery Fund and Gifts of Katherine McCook Knox,  
John A. Nevius and Mr. and Mrs. Landsell K. Christies 

Information from
This is Sargent's first full length portrait. Notice the change of focus of the grass around her face compared to the trees and stone railing of the Madame Pailleron's parents country estate at Ronjoux, Chambéry, Savoy in the south of France where this was painted.
In 1880 Sargent showed this painting along with the subject painting Fumée d'Ambre Gris at the Paris salon.  
The autumn setting with the yellow fallen leafs and wild flowers gives this a more unusual look for this formal portrait. Sargent had been lucky in patrons. The Paillerons were open to a more artistic interpretation of portraiture. The sitter was born born Marie Buloz (1840-1913). Her father was the editor of the journal Revue des Deux Mondes and her husband was a successful  dramatist and poet. Still, this wasn't that far out of the vogue of the time.

Sorry for the delay in this month's master painting!  Since the next couple of months will be busy with the holidays, we'll make this challenge for November and December.  Have fun!

Took longer than expected but better late than never!  Here's my rendition of Madame Edouard Pailleron, I kept it simple with not too many details.

Madame Edouard Pailleron by Karen d'Angeac Mihm  (after John Singer Sargent)
Oil on 8x3 canvas paper

Madame Edouard Pailleron by Renate (after Sargent)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Study - The Lacemaker by Johannes Vermeer

The Lacemaker is a painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675), completed around 1669–1670 and held in the Louvre, Paris. The work shows a young woman dressed in a yellow shawl, holding up a pair of bobbins in her left hand as she carefully places a pin in the pillow on which she is making her bobbin lace. At 24.5 cm x 21 cm (9.6 in x 8.3 in), the work is the smallest of Vermeer's paintings,[1] but in many ways one of his most abstract and unusual.

I have to do 8 master sketches for art school and this is one of the ones I picked.  I thought it would be a great idea to combine my school work and the Painting from the Masters blog!  The only restriction for my master sketches is the painting needs to have been done before 1900.  Vermeer is one of my favorite painters and I think this one is beautiful.  The sketch just needs to capture the colors/values, no need to put all the details, I hope some of you will join me in completing it! 

The Lacemaker after Johannes Vermeer by Renate
 Watercolor 24x30cm
The Lacemaker by Karen Mihm after Johannes Vermeer

Oil on 9x3 Canvas Paper

Monday, September 9, 2013

September Study - The Cliffs at Etretat by Claude Monet

Claude Monet
French (1840-1926)
Oil on canvas

Sorry for the late posting for the September study!  Kids have been back in school for a whole week so there's no really good excuse except that it was a busy week!

Here's a little bit of background about this month's master painting:
During the 1860s, '70s, and '80s the village of Etretat on the Normandy coast became an increasingly fashionable vacation spot for families from Paris and other cities in Northern France. Painters such as Gustave Courbet and Giovanni Boldini helped to encourage the popularity of the place, recording the spectacular shapes of the cliffs and the changeable weather conditions of the English Channel. In Monet's painting, the cliffs rise out of the water -- half in cool shadow, half in warm, bright sunlight -- dwarfing the tiny boats with their orange sails, which glide between and around them. Unlike Boldini, who uses the cliffs as the background for a picturesque image of locals and tourists crowding around a fishing boat in Return of the Fishing Boats, Etretat, Monet focuses his attention -- and ours -- on the light that reflects off the constantly shifting surface of the water and the solid, craggy faces of the monolithic rocks. 

Azra Iqbal - The Cliffs at Etretat after Claude Monet

Karen d'Angeac Mihm - The Cliffs at Etretat after Claude Monet
 Oil on 11x14 canvas paper

Renate Arends - The Cliffs at Etretat after Claude Monet
Watercolor on Aquaboard - 20cm x 30cm

Monday, August 5, 2013

August Study - A Very Dangerous Beach by Jack Vettriano

This month's study has been suggested by Azra Iqbal.  I'm excited to try painting it as I love Jack Vettriano's work as well.  Have fun everyone! 

A Very Dangerous Beach by Azra Iqbal (after Jack Vettriano)
Acrylic on watercolour paper 13"x9"

A Dangerous Beach by Rochelle Cathey (after Jack Vettriano)

A Very Dangerous Beach by Karen d'Angeac Mihm (after Jack Vettriano)
Oil on 9x12 Canvas Paper

A Very Dangerous Beach by Renate (after Jack Vettriano)
40 x 50 cm.

Friday, July 5, 2013

July Study - Poppies by Claude Monet

Claude Monet (1840-1926)Poppies1873Oil on canvasH. 50; W.65 cmParis, Musée d'OrsayEtienne Moreau-Nélaton donation, 1906© RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
It's the middle of summer so I thought a landscape with the summer flower of poppies would be appropriate!  Monet is one of my favorite master painters, hope you all enjoy this study! 

Poppies by Karen d'Angeac Mihm (after Monet)
Oil on 16x20 Canvas Paper

Field of Poppy by Rochelle Cathey (after Monet)


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June Study - Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Oil on Canvas - 17.5in x 15 in - circa 1665
Kept in the Mauritshuis Gallery in The Hague
Sometimes referred to as the "Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa"

Hi everyone!  Please humor me this month, it's my birthday month!  This has to be one of my favorite paintings of all times...
Do your best and if you have trouble with the face, just keep it blank and do the rest.  It's meant to be a fun exercise, not a chore!  Have fun with it!

A beautiful rendition by Adrie, great job!

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Adrie Hoekstra (after Johannes Vermeer)
 Acrylic on canvas - 40x40cm

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Karen Mihm (after Johannes Vermeer)

Oil on 9x12 Canvas paper


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Study - Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer by Vincent Van Gogh

For this month, let's study a painting from Vincent Van Gogh. 

When Van Gogh lived in Arles, he took a trip to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer on the Mediterranean sea, where he made several paintings of the seascape and town.


Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer by Karen Mihm after Vincent Van Gogh
Oil on 12x16 Canvas Paper

Fishing Boats by Renate Arends
Watercolor with gouache on paper 24x30cm 

Fishing Boats on the Beach by Azra Iqbal after Vincent van Gogh
Oil on 5x7 wrapped canvas 

Fishing Boats by Beti Abel after Vincent van Gogh
24x16cm - Watercolor

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April Study - The Bathers by Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1887

Oil on canvas, 46 x 67 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

This month's study has been suggested by Rochelle Cathey as she stated that she liked its collage of classical human form with the impressionistic background. She also mentioned that it took Renoir 3 years to complete! Well...we have 3 weeks, let's see what we can do! Enjoy and have fun!

Our first entry this month is from Renate Arends from the Netherlands after working on it for 28 hours! A great job too!

The Bathers by Renate Arends
 Aquarel on paper

The Bathers by Rochelle Cathey

The Bathers by Adrie Hoekstra
Collage on paper 50x60cm

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March Study - Monet's The Thames at Westminster


The selection for this month was chosen by Azra Iqbal.

 Enjoy the challenge!

The Thames at Westminster (after Monet) by Karen d'Angeac Mihm
Oil on 8x10 Wrap Canvas
Karen d'Angeac Mihm Paintings

The Thames at Westminster (after Monet) by Azra Iqbal
 Azra Iqbal Blog

The Thames at Westminster (after Monet) by Rochelle Cathey
Watercolor - 8.5 x 12
Rochelle Cathey Blog

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February Study - Cezanne's Basket of Apples

La corbeille de pommes - 1890-1894
Oil on Canvas, 60 x 80 cm
Chicago Art Institute

Who can be surprised?  Cezanne is one of my favorite painters so I chose it as the first "study" for this blog!

You have all of February to complete a copy of this painting.  Have fun with the challenge and when you're ready, email a photo of your painting to me at and I will post it below with the details and a link to your blog or website (include your name, size, medium, and link in your email).


"The Basket of Apples (after Cezanne)" by Azra Iqbal
Oil on 6"x 8.5" Daler Rowney oil paper 

"The Basket of Apples (after Cezanne)" by Karen d'Angeac Mihm
Oil on 16x20 Wrap Canvas

"Cezanne's Plate of Apples" copy for study purposes by Rochelle Cathey
7.25 x 8 inches, watercolor on 140CP
"Art By Rochelle" at

"The Basket of Apples (after Cezanne)" by Darla McDowell