Illustration Friday: “Prepare”

Prepare for Painting. . .

Prepare for Painting. Watercolor, watercolor pencil and Photoshop.

This week’s Illustration Friday Topic is “Prepare” submitted by Susan Sorrell, and here’s the accompanying quote:
An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language. ~ Henri Matisse

My illustration was started over the summer for an earlier IF Topic: Disguise.  I did a quick pencil drawing that I liked and knew I wanted to revisit at a future time. Serendipitously, I just happened to be working on a color version when the IF topic came up.  Thanks for the Great Topics!

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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