Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Art on Products - Pointillism

I recently did a blog on polka dots; however this one is on a particular style of dots, called Pointillism. The short definition of pointillism is painting a picture with dots. The dots themselves can be spread out, close together, random, overlapping, organized, one size, and/or various sizes. The dots can be round, or they can be odd shaped, as when one paints with the side of the brush.

The following flag done in pointillism is an example of both organized and random dots, which is pictured on a postcard.

The kayak scene, on a postcard, involved a lot of random and overlapping dots.

The pointillism, on the butterflies postage stamp, is made by single sized dots in a very organized manner with no overlapping.


Pointillism can be painted on top of a background color, as demonstrated on this rose sticker.

And it can be used as an outline, as shown on the morning glory flower, on wedding invitations.

Pointillism has been around for a long time. Its origin has been credited both to Georges Seurat and the Aborigines.

The La Grande Jatte by Seurat, pictured here on a poster, is one of his most famous paintings. I had read somewhere that it had taken him around two years to complete.


I like various styles of pointillism, and I like the affect. My favorite type to paint is lots of random dots with colorful paint markers; it goes much faster.

Do you like pointillism? What is your favorite pointillism picture?

You can check out more pointillism paintings by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

Cheryl Paton