Friday, 2 September 2016

Corfe Castle as Pierneef might have painted it

As most of you felt, Pierneef was heavily influenced by trees and skies.  I was torn between the two and started off with a tree version in mind.  However, you can see the sky version won out.


It has been a bit of a journey in that I wrongly started off drawing on the sky colours in one of the paintings which were brooding and dramatic but we have had lovely sunny blue skies down here just recently and out driving one day I had a light-bulb moment that it should be a 'happy' picture - a bit like the posters of the early days of the railways advertising the glories of the seaside.  I now have a bag of enough bits of sky for another piece!

Corfe Castle is a ruined castle about 10 miles away and a great favourite with the grandchildren who rush up the hill and clamber all over the fallen stones.  It seemed the perfect silhouette for the dramatic sky.  My one regret is that I used the wrong colour thread to stitch the pieces of the castle down...


Sky inspired by this painting.

Foreground inspired by this painting in that the lines and shapes are simplified.

I enjoyed this challenge but honestly had no idea what I was going to do when I choose Pierneef.  I realise it has been a real struggle for some of you and I thank you for sticking it out and coming up trumps. 

Hilary

11 comments:

  1. Well worth the wait. Knowing the subject matter.... perfect. Cannot notice the 'wrong' thread on the computer.

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  2. You have captured the essence of the artist and with an English twist. I liked the way you have put the two together to make something so interesting. This series is certainly proving really interesting.

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  3. What a great outcome, Hilary! You have produced something gorgeous that has personal meaning to you. I bet the grandchildren will be hankering for this one day.

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  5. Love your interpretation! The sky is gorgeous and you've set Corfe Castle up beautifully.

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  6. Wow! Wow! Wow! I am sorry I am coming late to the commenting party because I have been away with Swedish guests. They are leaving today so I should be getting up to date soon. I just LOVE this interpretation Hilary. You have captured the essence of the artist and made it your own, the epitome of what we are aiming for with our challenge. The sky is amazing. Bravo!

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  7. What an interesting interpretation using an area in England to front the sky rather than an African landscape. Well done Hilary

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  8. I really like the idea of applying the style of Pierneef to another place and country. The sky makes the castle stand out wonderfully and provides an elegant framing for it too. I do keep seeing an industrial scene here though; I keep thinking old mine chimney whenever I look at it. Perhaps I am more attuned to industry than history? Lovely piece, and worth the effort.

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  9. Hence your choice of painter, Linda. More industrial than nature. I am really looking forward to my Sheeler piece. And no, I don't have a clue yet! Hilary

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  10. Oh, I recognised this immediately - Corfe Castle always called to us when we were down in this part of the country.
    I'd already wondered about applying Linda F's choice of artist to a Manchester scene - and now you've set the precedent, thank you!

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  11. I like the way you have used the sky to frame the castle and how you've interpreted Pierneef: and I much prefer your bright sky to the dull originals!

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