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All activities on this page are switching to my new collection of the same name... and if you are interested in in-depth studies of master paintings, please click the link in the original post to learn about my new online program!
It makes no sense to work "against" Google+ trends, so my on-going, on-and-off, "In Studio with Masters" project will now be a "collection". I am also taking it to a completely new level, starting an online program to try and guide people who want my help through the exciting and transformational process of in-depth study of masterpieces. So, if you want me to share with you all I know about this way of studying and learning to understand painting, click through to read more and pre-register (pre-registration will close in a week from now).

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Cezanne study continued... 
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Here are in-progress photos of the second stage of studying Paul Cezanne's still life -- the first stage brought me as near to a "copy" as I could get from a reproduction. The second stage begins with this copy, and attempts to bring what I have learned during the process into a re-creation of this still life anew. 
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Cezanne study -- reconstructing
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Since the only reason to follow this page is the love of learning from great masters of painting, I thought you guys might be interested in this free e-course. It's all about learning how to see from people like Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Renoir, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Van Gogh... Check it out (there is a more detailed description if you follow the link!).

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This stage of my study of still life composition with Paul Cezanne is over -- it went from the preliminary attempt at discerning the way in which this work is constructed to a more or less complete still life. It doesn't make much sense to travel this road any further, especially because it is impossible to study color from reproduction (in fact, I was using two reproductions quite different as far as color is concerned). 

I'll make a proper photo of this stage over the weekend, and then try and take the next step -- pushing the painting towards a clarification of the structure of its inner space; a revealing of the structure Cezanne has partially hidden from the viewer, so that it took this study to fully see it. The next stage, then, will be to show it. 

To put it the other way round, the first stage was educational for me. The second is intended to be educational for you!
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Not a good photo, but the study is nearly there... At least I've learned a lot -- and now is the time to write up it all...
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Matching geometry and color... 
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This is the second stage in this study in constructing a still life with Paul Cezanne. 

I am looking at how the larger geometric rhythms of the picture plane get repeated, on a smaller scale, in the area with apples and peaches. 

It's also interesting to note how the still life is oriented with respect to the edges of the picture plane. Essentially, two major horizontals split the picture plane first in half (the implied distant edge of the table), and then the lower half is split fifty-fifty again by the foreground edge of the table. 

The horizontal edges are split rather in five equal parts: for example, the drapery crosses the upper edge at nearly exactly 20% on the left and 20% on the right... more later.
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This is the very first approach to studying the inner construction of Cezanne's still life -- the major building blocks of its space.

I am using here the same approach to starting a painting Cezanne is known to prefer -- sketching the composition with thinned and greyed ultramarine. 
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I have decided to resurrect this dormant page, with a twist. 

Every month, I will study a particular painting topic with a master painter. I will post in-progress pictures and lessons learned here, and then I will write up a summary of what I've learned on my blog (to be launched yet). First up: learning to construct a still life from Paul Cezanne (part I).

For this first attempt, I will be studying this still life, one of his latest ones. I invite you to follow my progress, or, better still, to accept the challenge and do this this along with me.
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