118 – Matisse needed the orange

118 - Matisse needed the orange. Collage by David Smith

118 – Matisse needed the orange
Paper and watercolour 152mm x 229mm

A while back I had started to do a collage in homage to Matisse. It was going to be based on his “Snail” from memory not looking at any reference image. However it never got completed but some of the elements hung around together in the studio for a while. When I used the piece of orange card for something else these little pieces were bereft so i gave them the chance to express their freedom from the tyranny of that orange.