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Painting interiors

This week I've asked you to bring in a photo of a house interior to serve as a starting point for our exploration of visual texture and palettes.

This one I found on the internet, for example, has plenty of interesting elements that we could use for a painting. In particular we are going to be looking at how painting can become more decorative than realistic and play with pattern and colour contrast.

You can see how these paintings by Vuillard are more concerned with the mood and rich application of paint rather than visual accuracy.

Matisse took this even further to create interiors that were almost abstract in their design.

However in all these examples there is a strong control of the range of colour used (palette) that permits the painter a freer rein in playing around with composition.

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