Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pablo Picasso And Henri Matisse Comparison...

Have you ever seen Pablo Picasso or Henri Matisse’s paintings?, Well, we analysed a painting of ‘Weeping Woman’ by Picasso and ‘Woman with a hat’ by Matisse, comparing and contrasting them. Henri Matisse was born on October 25 1881 and Pablo Picasso was born December 31, 1869. Henri and Pablo became lifelong friends after they met in Paris. Henri was most known for being the pioneer of fauvism whereas Pablo was most known for the style of painting, cubism.  

Even though Picasso and Matisse have both painted a woman they have different themes. Picasso’s theme was to convey a woman suffering from war. Matisse’s painting on the other hand doesn't really have a strong theme. It’s a portrait that is expressionless, not really showing any feelings. He was really experimenting colours, the style of art that is called fauvism.   

Picasso and Matisse have some similarities with their use of bright, vibrant colours, however they have some important differences. Picasso has analogous colours like yellow, red, orange but also complementary colours like, blue and green. He also has shadings of yellow and orange. These bright, but contrasting colours evoke intense emotions. Matisse has shading but by using completely different colours.

When looking at perspectives, lines and shape you can see that Matisse and Picasso don’t have any similarities. They both have different techniques. For instance Picasso used sharp jagged lines. They are clearly delineated which highlights bold, dark, black outlines. This helps convey the horrors of the war. He also likes to see things from different view point, side on or front on. Matisse does have some clear outlines but most were blurred. He defined his shapes through his colours. Most of the colours were mixed and smudged.

Although there are many differences between Picasso and Matisse there were some similarities. I hope you got a glimpse of what the two paintings looked like and how they painted them.

Monday, May 21, 2012


As some of you know, the 20 hour famine is on again. Out in the open there are children and adults that are sick and dying from rubbish that they are eating. This year I have joined team blue. GO TEAM BLUE!

Today Ido Drent had come in and talked to us about the famine, and what his inspiration was to becoming a leader in the famine. He talked to us about how the children are eating one piece of cassava, that lasts them the whole day. Their was particular family that was suffering. They had 5 children and only 1 parent. The mother died after she gave birth to her youngest child. Once I heard that I felt so pumped up to do the famine.

If you want to know more about the famine go on to

Friday, May 11, 2012

Raining, show not tell...

Splash, Splosh, Splash! Torrents of water, were pelting down like a tsunami. “Sssssss’, hissed tyres on the slimy wet road as cars swished by. My clothes were smelling all damp and yuck.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Daniella Hulmes Life time...

Daniella Hulmes is a lady who loves painting, and they had a tradition. Many years later she was trained as a nurse.  When she was young she always wanted to become a painter but her parents were not supportive of her work and they had a tradition. Her husband got sick of her saying “I want to buy this painting I want to buy that painting” so he bought her an easel and paints. He also enrolled her into art classes. Her tutor taught her all sorts of techniques to use oil paint and her brush strokes. Daniella Hulmes didn’t like the way her tutors style was so she had her own style.

Daniella’s motivation is to make people’s lives happier and to feel joy because there was so much unhappiness and sadness in the world. She always liked to use bright vibrant colours. Her medium is to use oil because of the texture, smell, feel, depth of colour, she also like using acrylic paint because it dries slower and she has more time to work on it.

Her inspiration is her husband's culture, Samoa. The predominant theme is the pacific islands and she likes to use pacific iconography. Her influences are Mondrian and Rousseau.   

Abundance Awhina, Aliza

Daniella Hulmes painting “Abundance”evokes a sense of happiness. She is  a figurative painter who uses smooth strokes with her paint brush. Her medium is oil paint and she likes to paint things or people in the islands. Her style is simplistic, her artwork looks stylistic - not quite realistic.