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How to paint like Picasso (Cubism)?

One day I was curious about abstract art and how an artist goes about making abstract art?  I can view and examine many famous contemporary artists and their images of abstract art, but that does not reveal to me how it was made.

HOW to make abstract art! 

Maybe that’s not the right question.  So I decided to learn and research famous contemporary abstract artists, find out how they progressed into their abstract movement and learn about their art career.  I made close friends on YouTube learning all there is about my favorite artists and their growth into the abstraction.  Then I wandered upon the famous museum of modern art, also known as MOMA.

 Wow, lots of stuff there!   Check it out

I spent many days watching the numerous videos at MOMA.  One in particular was about how to paint like Picasso (in the style of cubism).  Picasso’s approach to cubism tends to push and pull space with geometric shapes.

A side note:  Picasso wasn’t the father of cubism.  A french painter, George Braque, developed cubism.  Although Picasso was a friend and rival of Braque, they were both inspired by Paul Cezanne.

Both were experienced artists, why did they both change momentum in their art career?  Was it that photography was introduced in the beginning of the 19 century? 

Did they feel there was a need to change realism painting  due to photography?  

After watching this video from MOMA I am getting closer to my answer.   Here is a link to a 33 minute video.

Researching Picasso, cubism and watching this video, I was excited to play and to produce a painting.   

My studio cubism oil painting

These are my steps to an 8×10 painting titled “My Studio”

STEP 1:  Prepare the still life.  For my still life I found objects in my studio, cans of turpentine, brushes, paint tubes, fabric for drapery.  These are the images of my still life that I started with.  Cubism reveals many views of the still life subject, model or landscape and incorporates it into one 2 dimensional painting.  The key is breaking the boundaries of light and shadow and the push and pull of space.

STEP 2:  Start by drawing my still life from 3 or more different perspectives or views.  Spending only a minute or so with each view.  Just draw what comes into your vision that fascinates you.  Make geometric shapes or lines that are not necessarily connected.

Step 3:  Go back to each perspective and place shading on items or your shapes from each perspective.  Obviously each prospective has the light source  in a different place.

Step 4:  Set your palate with cubist color (white, black, raw umber, ochre, naples yellow, cobalt blue, dull green and cad red) a few cool hues, colors that push back and warm hues that move forward.  Mix a light color with a dirty turpentine to thin it out and place it in the light areas.  I used white, instead of naples yellow in the video since I used an ochre imprima background.

Step 5:  Reinforce the lines that I want to keep with black.  Add some new lines to make the painting attractive and incorporate some color and value of the objects; painting with a staccato “choppy” brushwork.  The process engulfed me in that I didn’t work totally horizontally in brush work with the painting.  Instead I chose each image as it was and followed its shape.  This is an artist’s prerogative and went with my imagination.  

Step 6:  At this point, I am not looking at the still life for impressions, I am working off my painting and how it can be perfected.  I added color in appropriate places, giving it an appealing quality.  I continually  reinforced my lines to make them sharp and prominent.

Step 7: Now I want to concentrate on my composition as a still life on my canvas.  By pulling some images forward and others in the background further back, I do this by lightening the foreground of the cloth and darkening the background behind the still life shapes.  I need to reinforce my lines again and correct any work on the still life or the focal point of my painting.  I got tired of reinforcing my lines, but it has to be done.

Step 8: Braque and Picasso, both blurred the sides of their paintings and didn’t leave the sharp lines intact.  Therefore, by wiping the edges with a turpentine cloth, I blurred the edges delicately to give the final version of “My Studio”, and sign my painting.

My studio cubism oil painting

Evidently I did not paint like a cubist, but I like what I did.  How did you like it? 

How are you going to paint like Picasso or Braque?

Is the self Quarantine getting you down?

Afraid of the Pandemic of Coronavirus-19?

Cant get out and about?

Starting to get Cabin Fever?

Don’t freak out!

 Stay Calm, Make Art and Shop Online!

Keeping myself in my studio with all my art supplies around, how else can I take the whole pandemic.  Making art will certainly occupy my time and while busy with creating, it gets my mind off the politics and the hype.

So, I am suggesting to all that we should travel to our studios or a place that makes you happy.  Calm yourself down by taking that computer, phone or small device and place your energy into viewing art!  Visit a virtual Museum, or engage with other artists online.

Shop till you drop with me!

If you have the desire to shop, consider to look at my site.  I am planning on slashing prices to make you not act like Edvard Munch.  I have much more jewelry than online.  Just comment and ask if you like a certain style or wrist size…I am painting and making mosaics galore.   In fact I am playing with eggshell mosaics.  They are 4×6 size and framed.

Plum blossoms from Eggshells

I have done a sunflower, check it out on my webpage shop page.

Please make comments and drop a note to me….

Thanks Cindy

Procrastination and How to Get Back Into Creating

procrastination quote

Procrastination is a feeling of not getting to what you want to do.  According to the oxford dictionary its

“The action of delaying or postponing something”

Why would we want to delay something that we love to do? What is causing this feeling of a need to postpone? As artists we live and breath art, don’t we?


I have a studio filled with tables of projects in different stages of progress.  Some say it’s a wealth of clutter, others say it’s a sign of an artistic mind.  So which is it?  Of course I am going to believe that my mind is artistic vs. clutter. Right?

So what’s with this procrastination and not finishing up a project? 

Alan Lightman writes in his book “In Praise of Wasting Time” he describes the benefits of giving oneself unscheduled time to simply think, play, or let ideas incubate. 

Ah…. Incubation!  I like that!  My studio is filled with incubating ideas!

Am I wasting time, postponing a project for another day? I think not.  There are days, when I have spent time cleaning up, or moving things in the studio and pick up a half done project, not knowing what to do with it.  The time from when I first worked on it till now, is not wasted, cause I now know that some day an idea will hit me.


I love it when an idea comes.  Bam and off I go.  That’s incubating an idea!  Who cares that it took 1-3 years for that idea to hit you.  It did and that’s what counts.

The strike of the Muse

I think that when we procrastinate in our studio, we do not fear the act of peril, it’s that we are waiting for the muse to strike us!  Artists all have a muse, he or she has ideas and throws it at us and we are to catch it or not.

Big magic book cover

Read “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert to find more creativity beyond fear.

We all can attest that when we find an idea, we are creating like a Tasmanian devil working till it is completed.  I hope you have had this experience once or twice.  I have!

When we don’t catch the idea from our muse, than another person somewhere in this world will catch it.  Have no fear; the muse will keep tossing ideas to us.  Maybe it’s the puttering in the studio procrastinating in which to catch it? 

Other artists tell me that we just need to ‘show up,’ and not worry about the muse.  Go into your studio or where you feel creative and be content.

So when the sinking feeling of procrastination is upon you, embrace it.  You just need to think or relax and let your muse toss you an idea.

Go To Your Studio and Make Art!