Fact Friday – Pointillism

I hated Art history but in order to take my art subjects as Higher Grade I had to have it in High School. Nothing bored me more though. I am pretty sure I slept or bunked most of those classes and just learned what I needed to in order to pass.

Because of this I am one of those “dumb artists” who don’t really know the history of things and the info I did learn for exams is long long gone bar for perhaps a few things that stuck in my subconscious. Pointillism for example.

The only thing I really remember about it is that a guy called Seurat brought it to life and we had to study a painting of people at a beach/river, it was 6ft tall and made up of tiny pure colour dots, many many freaking colourful dots, and it took him 2 years to complete.

Apparently it’s called Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte

I decided to try my hand at it last year, not really sure why though or what brought the urge on. But I did a set of ballet shoes that I gifted a friend and it kinda just stuck with me as one of my favorites. I’ve learnt a few things like using a smaller tipped pen makes for a clearer image.


[wc_column size=”one-half” position=”first”]


[wc_column size=”one-half” position=”last”]



What I haven’t tried yet though is doing it in colour. I don’t know what my mental block is on that. Also, I never go bigger than an A5, I tried but ugh I don’t have the patience or the amount of cash for the pens (my pieces gobble up the fine tipped pens!)

**EDIT I’ve just learned that what I do is called stippling. It’s only pointillism when it’s done with paint. Told you, “dumb” artist.



Five Fabulous Facts (well actually they aren’t fabulous but eh, they’re kinda interesting) about Pointillism

  • Seurat called the style of painting Divisionism when he invented it, but art critics who saw their work, laughed at it and called it “Pointillism” as an insult. This name is still used, but is no longer thought of as an insult.
  • The style often used dots of complementary colors to make their subjects more vibrant. Complementary colors are colors of the opposite hue, for example red and green or blue and orange.
  • Pointillist painters do not mix the colours on the palette at all – they just use the colours straight from the tube. Traditional painters, and also impressionist painters, use many types of brushstrokes, and many textures of paint. The surface of the painting may have flat colour, lines, squiggles and dabs of paint. In a pointillist painting, every part of the picture is done in tiny dots, and most of the dots are about the same size. Pointillism is usually done in oil paints, because they are thick and do not run into each other when they are painted on the canvas.
  • Many colour printers and large printing presses use four colours to print in tiny dots of cyan (blue), magenta (red), yellow, and black. Televisions and computer monitors use a similar technique to show many different colors using only red, green, and blue.
  • The name Pointillism is also given to a style of 20th-century music. Different musical notes are made separately from each other, giving a sound texture similar to pointillism. This type of music is also known as “punctualism” or “klangfarbenmelodie”.


%d bloggers like this: