* Carmen Beecher * Cindy Michaud * Carol Schiff * Denette Schweikert * Donna Vines * Mary Warnick * Kathy Garvey *Fay Picardi * Jean Thomas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How Many Pieces Does it Take to Create a Klimt?

 by Cindy Michaud

Several years ago the Pieces began a study of selected "old masters."  We researched their lives, learned about what informed their art, studied  their techniques and then copied pieces in their oeuvre.

Some artists appealed to us for the sheer fun of their color or subject matter and one of these was Gustav Klimt (http://www.klimtgallery.org/biography.html).  Klimt was noted for his fantasy paintings of figures using deco design and gold embellishment.  Since we were preparing for a show of all of our "copies" we wanted to include this very popular artist.

Time was short but 8 minds had a plan: if we each painted a section of the larger piece we could get it done in 1/8th the time!  Right? Right! And thus the game was on.

Naturally we had to abandon personal styles and closely replicate the Klimt-technique, naturally we had to all finish at the same time and naturally someone (thank you Denette with her eye for fine detail) had to "marry" the edges once they were assembled and glued down.

But here is the result: 

A gorgeous, large oil painting exquisitely framed!  The piece sold at auction for $1000 ( to benefit a local charity working with women) and was dearly loved by its owner.

Alas, times change and the owner is downsizing/moving/divesting and needs to sell the piece to a new appreciator.  She says she is willing to part with it for just $300.00. Time to scoop up a bargain.  Contact Ralph at Ralph's Art Supplies, 321- 255-3331, if you are interested or wish to see the piece.  It is truly one of a kind.
Six of the Pieces of 8 gather around the Klimt painting they helped create:
Denette Schweikert, Mary Warnick, Carmen Beecher, Carol Schiff, Donna Vines and Cindy Michaud.


  1. The painting, named, "the Kiss" is made up of 9 panels, each 8 x 10, framed.