Channeling Cezanne

Have you heard of "method acting"? This is where an actor "becomes the part" by he/she is playing. When Dustin Hoffman played a runner in the movie "Marathon Man" he stayed awake for three days so he could generate an authentic air of fatigue.

Cezanne: Still Life with a plate of Peaches, 1900 '
Looking close-up at detailed enlargements of Cezanne's brushwork.

Apparently Sir Laurence Olivier said to Dustin: "My dear boy, did you ever consider just... acting ... ?"

I am with Olivier on this.

The human imagination is a powerful, powerful faculty. We can use it to convince our body and mind to act in extraordinary ways!

Cezanne: Still Life with a plate of Peaches, 1900 '
Getting ready to channel Cezanne.

Effective use of our imagination is a way to unlock our abilities.

In our "Paint a Masterwork" sessions I encourage you to ask the questions:

  • "What would Cezanne do here?"
  • "Paint with the confidence of Cezanne".
  • "Use body language as Cezanne would have".

You don't need to follow Dustin Hoffman or Daniel Day Lewis' examples and go to France in order to paint like Cezanne. All you need to do is unleash your imagination into the painting processes and techniques I show you.

Cezanne: Still Life with a plate of Peaches, 1900 '
Beautiful work by Cezanne and the students!