|ROAD TO GENNEVILLIERS 1883, Musée d'Orsay, Paris|
|COMBLAT LE CHATEAU, LE PRE, 1886, Dallas Museum of Art|
I've had my moments with pointillism and in some of my paintings I still tend towards the style, as in my recent pet portrait "Pepsi Cola". It's a radical theory and a difficult practice. It's a great personal achievement when you know you've got it right.
If you want to give it a go, it's important to paint standing up at an easel and have plenty of room to step back. Actually, it's great exercise because you will walk miles in the course of completing even a small painting.
Although he was an impressionist, some of the most awesome paintings I've seen were created by Claude Monet with minute dots and dabs of thick paint, sometimes forming troughs half a centimeter deep as he went back time and time again to modify. This can be seen in his "Haystacks" series. His tiny marks are barely visible in print, but are awe inspiring when seen closeup.
Pointillism took it much further, making the dots part of the design. In pointillism the dots are bold and available for everyone to see.
More about Paul Signac here.