RENOIR Part 1: Dancers (Day 33 of 365 Days of ART) Opi Washington Nail Colors

This swatch of nail colors has some very fun ARTISTIC names: “Freedom of Peach,” “Squeaker of the House,” “Yank My Doodle” and “Never a Dulles Moment.”

For Day #33 of the 365 Days of Art, here is some fun nail art color (from OPI).  

Opi has a creative Fall 2016 “Washington DC” line and the above photo shows some of the warm colors from this palette.

Warm and Cool Colors

Here is an example of how the color wheel can “loosely” be split into cool and warm colors. I say loosely because there are colors that fall into both categories depending on intensity and tone. But it is good to start with this split. 


A “student made” bulletin board for warm and cool colors: Split the board in half and decorate one side with warm colors and the other side with cool colors. Usually water (ocean theme) was used for the cool palette and a sun (sunset theme) was used for the warm side. Students could add fish to the ocean with their names on them and then the warm sunshine side could have rays beaming down with names. Letting students come up with options usually brought fresh ideas too. 


Part II: Renoir

For a couple of years in the art room, January was “Spanish Guitar” month.  Elementary and middle school students explored lessons that connected to Cubism and Impressionism.  

Some younger students made CASTANETS out of cardboard and buttons.  Very easy craft – and provided a nice “make and take” to go home with after the lesson. Castanet supplies: cardboard strips, buttons, glue (and you can have strips of paper and tape to make a holder for the finger).  Cut cardboard into rectangle strips. Glue buttons to each end – bend the cardboard and slide a finger through the holders – it makes a homemade castanet.



We would also listen to some Spanish guitar music and explore any side topics that came up.

Renoir’s Dancer paintings are beautiful and colorful – which were usually hanging in the art room on a masterpiece wall – and they can be connected to lessons on fashion, music, history and culture, 

For warm colors, Dancing Girl with Tambourine was a good option and for “cool” colors we would explore the companion piece, Dancing girl with Castanets.



Part 3: Five Things About Renoir

1.Renoir was a French painter (1841-1919) who helped start Impressionism in 1870s.

2. Renoir painted more than 200 works of art and he was said to have inspired Picasso, Matisse, and Bonnard.


3. In the late 1880’s, Renoir made some decent money from his work and was able to travel.

Renoir’s travels led to some culture rich paintings (because he was able to see so much – and the Dancer Girls are from the exposure). Renoir also made enough money  to afford some decent property.  In my very humble opinion – I believe that fame and money – or lack of fame and money – during an artist’s lifetime will directly impact their output.  It has a direct impact on the work an artist puts out.  And so for Renoir, his money allowed him to give us colorful and culture rich paintings that had the essence of Algeria and Italy.  He might have still had amazing pieces if he never traveled, but obviously they would be different.  Henri Rousseau never made it to a jungle and so his jungle scenes have forest plants – so his lack of funds for travel impacted his output – and some think it was for the better.  Similarly, Vincent van Gogh, who only sold one painting near the end of his life, might have changed his output if his paintings would have taken off and sold.  Vincent’s work was not influenced by rich travel – (he went to the south of France because he could not afford to travel to Japan, and some artists told him the south of France had beauty similar to parts of Japan) and so limitations for Vincent might have infused his work with angst and grit (I believe it was appointed for him so that his work would  have the vibe that it does). Well really there could be so much to talk about with a discussion like this, so let’s just wrap it up and remember that everything overlaps for an artist – and the amount of “sales” success does change the artist’s work. It just does…..

4. Renoir was noted for his feathery brushstrokes (usually showing rural and domestic settings) and this was a harder style to keep painting as he aged.

5. Renoir had arthritis for years, and then a stroke, but he still painted by having brushes strapped to his wrists.


See you tomorrow for Renoir part 2.









34 thoughts on “RENOIR Part 1: Dancers (Day 33 of 365 Days of ART) Opi Washington Nail Colors

  1. Painted with brushes tied to his wrists! Amazing and how great the urge to paint. Thanks for the informative post Y. And the bit about ‘sales success’ affecting work – very good point; still mulling over it.

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  2. Painting with brush strapped to his wrists? That was a real talent!
    I believe you are right about the works are influenced by artist’s experience or emotion. For me, I can feel some difficulties (not difficulties producing but emotional) hidden in Van Gogh’s works.

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    1. Well I guess renoir’s fingers curled up – and when writing this post – I almost started talking about herbs for arthritis – like butcher’s broom and stuff – but used discipline and kept it to the subject! Arthritis tips can come some other time- ha! And I know what you mean about the emotions

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  3. I just love these homemade castagnets! The idea is awesome! I bet the kids just love it too 😄
    Having travelled a lot to Spain with my family when I was a child I was lucky to get some real ones 😉
    And thank you for sharing those amazing facts about Renoir 😄😚

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    1. Thanks Miss G. How cool
      To have real
      Castanets – do you use them?
      I had a handout sheet with lessons to click. I have heard that tin lids work better then buttons – some use soda bottle tops – and even shells. I wonder if leftover pieces of wood would work?

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      1. I have to admit that I haven’t used them in years. I also had a lovely flamenco dress and shoes when I was little but have outgrown them a long time ago 😉
        I imagine if you put on acrylic varnish on the wood pieces it could work better. But shells sound pretty good too I think. I used them as impromptu castanets on the beach 😉
        What a lovely project this is! Have fun!!! 😄😚🎶

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        1. oh the impromptu on the beach sounds so fun….
          and I have tried the clicking with homemade ones… it takes so much coordination and skill. I am sure it helps with tons of practice – but such a wonderful ART

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        2. It really isn’t as easy as it looks. And imagine dancing while you do it! I have seen some pretty amazing flamenco shows when I was in Spain and sat with my mouth wide open in admiration 😀

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  4. Lawd, if my arthritis ever gets so bad I need stuff wrapped onto my wrists, I hope I have the commitment to suck it up.
    I agree with you about the lifestyle variations, and this is surely why those artists with patronage were so much more prolific.

    I love OPI, I like We the Women 🙂
    Also a big fan of Sally Hanson’s Salon Series — they wear well!


    1. Hi J, – thanks for your feedback – even though one of my points was not about being prolific, but how the quality of the work might not be as good because of having patrons – like maybe some artists need to hunger and the angst to keep going. Just thinking out loud – but thinking of a movie star we used to love in the 1990s…. he is all rich now and has not made any movies in a while – and he is kinda funky. and so we wondered – without huge vats of money would he have kept acting and blessing the world with his talent. I sometimes think thet Vincent van Gogh’s work would have suffered if he had sales and critical acclaim – it might have got into his head too much and changed his work. But it is what it is.

      and one more thing -someone updated me that renoir actually had them strapped to his hands more than the wrists (cos his fingers were curled) one called the strapped brush to be “putting on his thumb” – hm

      thanks for your feedback and looked up Sally Hanson’s Salon Series and they look really nice….

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  5. Very interesting, Y. Your #3 particularly grabbed my attention. In a way, it’s fate, isn’t it?
    I am afraid to find out how Van Gogh’s painting would change if he had sold a lot of paintings.
    Have a great day.

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    1. Thanks Helen…
      well I am only surmising – but people change with success.
      and for many people – success, money, or fame can sometimes “FUNK” them up…
      we see this with child actors – who did not always have a chance to become grounded.
      or we see this with what is called the “lottery curse” to where someone has all this money and it makes them go batty.
      further, because humans have so many layers – our output sometimes changes if we have “too much” – or if our options change – it can really be layered.
      because then there are times when “success” is needed in order to bring out even more awesomeness – but not for all.
      not for all.
      and I think Vincent van Gogh would have gotten “funked” up if he had big sales success.
      I think with his artsy temperament he might have been up and down (more up and down then his toxic body already was) and he would have sabotaged his success…. sometimes self-sabotage is related to abandonment and other baggage people have…
      and one side note with Vincent van Gogh…
      his works later sold because his widowed sister-n-law strategically released them into the community for sale.
      I know so many of us have Vincent’s story down… and so this is just in case ya don’t know…
      But the sis-n-law was stricken with grief because she lost her spouse (Vincent’s brother Theo) shortly after Vincent died – Theo had dementia – but grief likely suppressed his immune system too.
      so anyhow, the widow had some guilt because she entered the family and brought this triangle into theo and vincent’s relationship and there was talk of lowering the stipend to Vincent (with family needs increasing) which added to some of the pressure Vincent felt.
      the point is when a brother walked in and said to “toss” the art Vincent left – she refused – and she likely had some info about art sales because that is what Theo did- and so the widow was a strategist in the way she marketed and released Vincent’s work.
      Some believe that had it not been for her, his work might be just some “low collector pieces” and not the highly collectibles they are now.

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      1. Imagine… if it was not her, I may be able to buy a Van Gogh’s painting cheap 😉 I really like his painting. Maybe because there is a little craziness in me too. ha ha.. Then again, someone said there is some degree of craziness in all of us.
        Thanks, Y. You are so kind. I did’t expect you to respond all my comments. But I really enjoy reading them.

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        1. well thank you for the comments because it really can lead to some fun extras – and actually – without her we would not necessarily be able to buy his pieces cheap because they would have likely have been thrown away – or a few would have been kept. I know you know a bunch about Vincent – and how his paintings were not appreciated by everyone – he gave someone a painting and they put it turned around and against a wall….

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