Mundane Serenity

2nd September 2022 Dr Beena

Hello there! I hope you are reading the stories others wrote, and please give your comments as we love to read them๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. Today I wish to share something new about this painting. It was my art classwork. It is called Pointillism.

In 1886, George Seurat and Paul Signac developed this technique, branching from impressionism. Art critics coined this term to ridicule the works of these artists. The method relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the colour spots into a fuller range of tones. The practice of Pointillism is in sharp contrast to the traditional methods of mixing pigments on a palette. Pointillism is analogous to the four-colour cyan, magenta, yellow and black printing process used by some colour printers. Televisions and computer monitors use a similar technique to represent image colours using red, blue and green colours.

In this painting, I tried to create a work by Seurat. It is done in acrylic paint, even though most earlier artworks were in oil. It takes great patience to make those images. Initially, I was struggling. I can get the idea on paper or canvas faster with watercolour or acrylic. With Pointillism, one needs to add the points of colours very close to create a similar picture. It took me six hours. However, I wish to add that it was therapeutic. For some, they felt it was taking too much time. Then the points or dots get larger.

I wish to thank my two art teachers, Stella and Jia Yang, for introducing us to different concepts of art. In that process, I am learning to practice a type of meditation๐Ÿ˜„. I suppose the cross-stitch work done by Dr Mathew George must take more time than Pointillism๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„.

6 thoughts on “Mundane Serenity

  1. Thanks for introducing this painting technique to us. The labour of your hard work will be appreciated for as long as the painting is available. Admire your interest in patiently trying out new methods. The painting is awesome as viewing it itself brings about peace, calmness and joy.

    1. Hi Vasanthi

      Glad to hear from you. It’s been a while and great that you still enjoy the artwork posted on this website. Hope you will contribute with your lovely interpretations of them.

  2. Beena, artists are seen as Bohemian, unfettered and open ended. Visual expression needs all these things but your paintings delivered to me week after week must take a steely discipline, that sets parameters to your art pursuits. I can tell when you are reflective and when your paintings are sometimes almost contrived and themes ‘borrowed’. However, you seems to be on an exciting artistic journey …. it is beginning to show all the signs of an introspective adventure. You go girl….give your art full rein and you will surely find yourself in a very good place.

    1. Haha Vimla

      Love your candid observation about my art. Thanks for your support as always and will try to find my path in my journey to the artistic world.


  3. Beena ! Thank u for introducing us to โ€˜pointillismโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    Ur picture is beautiful ! As u rightly said therapeutic both for the creator and I feel for the viewer too !

    1. Hi Mariam
      Am glad my attempts to learn art and share my knowledge is helping others too. We all want serenity especially now.


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