coloricombo 2023: The ninth #coloritree prompt

About the March Challenge

This is the ninth prompt for #coloritree, part of the ongoing #coloricombo 2023 challenge. There will be ten posts in total, all linked to artworks featuring trees by female artists from the past. These will be released on Monday and Thursday until the end of March. Use the colour prompts along with optional dark and neutral light colours to create something in your own way, regardless of media or theme.

“Landscape with Trees and Distant Buildings”, Oil on canvas, Mary Swanzy 1920s

Today’s post is the penultimate one for March’s #coloritree challenge and Esté has chosen colours from a painting by the fantastic Irish artist Mary Swanzy.

Swanzy (1882-1978) was an Irish painter, born in Dublin. She was a pioneering modernist artist who explored many different styles and mediums over her long career. Swanzy studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and later at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. She was greatly influenced by the Cubist movement and the work of Pablo Picasso, and this is evident in many of her paintings.

In 1920 during the Irish War of Independence, she left Ireland, traveling first through Eastern Europe and then onwards to Hawaii and Samoa.

During this time, she experimented with a variety of styles, including Surrealism, Expressionism and Cubism, and her work became more abstract. She was also interested in the art of other cultures, particularly the Arab and Indian art she encountered on her travels.

By 1946 she was included in exhibitions with Chagall, William Scott and Henry Moore but after this time her work fell into obscurity, possibly because of her gender and her non-traditional approach to painting. She is now recognized as one of Ireland’s most important modernist painters. Her paintings are held in many public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Colour Combination

The colours for this weeks prompt are Granny Smith, Sea Green, Acid Yellow, Grass Green and Deep Green.

For this March Challenge, please add the tag #coloritree along with the usual #coloricombo and @estemacleod and when posting on Instagram. You are also welcome to post on the private Facebook group Creative Prompts with Esté MacLeod.

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