Monet: Poppy field near Argenteuil, 1873

Monet: Poppy field near Argenteuil, 1873 \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Get an introduction to the working method, colour theory and brush techniques of Claude Monet as you paint his iconic masterwork.

About this session

This lesson will guide you through the process of interpreting "Poppy Field near Argenteuil, 1873" by Claude Monet.

Monet: Poppy field near Argenteuil, 1873 \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com

Monet's landscape work is unfussy, elegant and pretty much forms the "bible" for all landscape artists since then.

Monet spent a lot of time in this region of France and produced many paintings featuring these fields of poppies lavender and grain crops.

In this session my teaching methods will show you how much you already know about art! Bring your enthusiasm and love for paintings and I will show you how to express your taste on the canvas.

This is truly living, breathing art! It demonstrates the great legacy left us by the masters of western art. They have left us a body of work within which we can learn and grow at the same time.

  • Title:Poppy field near Argenteuil, 1873 | Coquelicots
  • Creator: Monet
  • Date Created: 1873
  • Style: Nineteenth-Century European Painting Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
  • Physical Dimensions:500 (w) x 650(h) mm
  • Original Title: Coquelicots
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

What will we learn in this painting?

Colours | Paints used

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Your sketch book is also your personal 'colour recipe' book.


Learn how to mix greens and then control the chroma and colour temperature until they match the subtle colours in this Monet. | Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Learn how to mix greens and then control the chroma and colour temperature until they match the subtle colours in this Monet.

We use variants of Scarlet Red Light and Orange (Vermilion) to paint the iconic poppies in this most famous Monet. 
 | Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
We use variants of Scarlet Red Light and Orange (Vermilion) to paint the iconic poppies in this most famous Monet.

Process

At your first session you will be introduced to my 4 step process.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Learn how to create a quick tonal sketch

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Quickly sketch the composition on the canvas.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Texture Mapping.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Sketching in the figures. I provide a template of the figures you can trace onto the canvas if your sketching skills are not up to it. There's still plenty of fun to be had in getting the colours and textures right.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
The hard work has been done!
The Texture Mapping is complete. At this point we have a well deserved break, as Monet did! After enjoying some French cheese and wine we will come back and develop those textures to fruition.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
It's a good idea to check your progress by putting the painting in a frame, standing back a few metres, and eating some chocolate.

In my studio you get the opportunity to see your work in a gallery setting, beautifully framed against a neutral grey wall.

Impasto

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Adding texture

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
... and more texture, with impasto added to thicken up the paint.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
And voila!

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Framed and ready to enjoy.

How good a painter are you? How would you like to be able to answer that question truthfully with "I paint Monet!" After this session, you will be the Monet Expert at your next dinner party!

Now that you have opened the door to fine art, you'll most likely want to come back and paint more pieces from our Syllabus.

Patterns

Part of the journey with Monet is discovering the patterns of nature.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Developing the clouds.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
The patterns of brushstroke in the clouds influence the way we see it and also, with impasto, how the ambient light creates it's own shadows and highlights on your painting.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - sketch by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Patterns in the main tree.

Monet's pattern library later inspired the developers of fractal mathematics, which is used to create all the wonderful landscapes you enjoy these days in cinema and computer games. But fret not... I'll keep it simple! No maths required, but dancing skills will help!

Detail

In this painting we have the opportunity to paint a pair of figures twice, at different distances. This gives us the opportunity to explore a painterly approach to detail. The figures in the scene are Monet's wife and child.

Note: If you are not confident at sketching I will provide a template and you can trace the figures onto your canvas.

If that seems too much, just focus on the landscape you will still end up with a beautiful painting.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
You will learn how to create figures elegantly and with a minimum number of brushstrokes. We are aiming for an unfussy appearance which resolves into a realistic image at a distance of 2 metres.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
From this - to that.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
And in the background, from this - to that.

A very important part of the language of painting involves suggesting detail, without actually painting too much detail. These principles were known to master painters from the Renaissance onwards, but became a major feature of the impressionist approach, for reasons I'll delve into in class.

Basic Brush Strokes

We learn to decipher the language of brush strokes used in the painting and indicate them in the appropriate colour. Once this is done we develop these textures into the finished painting.

Good painting technique is built on a mastery of the basic brush stroke \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com Good painting technique is built on a mastery of the basic brush stroke \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Good painting technique is built on a foundation of the basic brush stroke.

Interpreting Monet

We are not slaves to the original painting! You are not here to create a slavish copy, but rather to paint an expressive interpretation using the original as a template.

Monet himself would often paint many variations on the same scene. e.g.

So let's use our imagination!

The painting was originally titled "Coquelicots".You can add as many poppy flowers as you like!

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
In this interpretation I extended the composition into a 'wide-screen' format and omitted the couple at the back of the scene.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Changing the colours to a Spring palette.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis. \\o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Distorting the perspective to make the poppies near us appear much more dramatic.

Student Paintings

Your painting won't look exactly like the original, as my teaching enables you to express your own taste and feelings about what is beautiful. This is not a prescriptive method, but rather a series of processes which enable your self expression. Go for it! Have fun!

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - Student paintings completed in one lesson at Inglis Academy.
Vanee's interpretation.

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