February 17, 2016.

Painting With The Girls 48

February 17, 2016.

Day 48, (318 days to go).



My watercolor was inspired by all the thoughts one can have in a few minutes and the line drawings by Matisse.

Postcard watercolor, 5X7 Matted

Doménikos Theotocopoulos (1541-1614), known as El Greco, was a Cretan worked in Rome and Venice. He was a pupil of Titian, and he studied the works of Michelangelo and Tintoretto. In 1577, at age thirty-six, he moved to Spain, where he lived the remaining thirty-seven years of his life.

In this period, El Greco began to elongate and stretch the human forms in his paintings. His colors became a bit acidic and metallic, and after his death, critics around the world ridiculed him for being extravagant and queer.

It is said that in 1899, his painting Holy Family With Magdalena was used to patch a window because the convent couldn’t afford to fix it. The painting was sold many times for a few pesetas until it made it’s way to the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Some of his other paintings have sold for more then £9 million.