somewhat of a Neanderthal when it comes to painting. When I see something
visually captivating I'll paint it. Sometimes it doesn't always have
the elements I desire in a painting so I may need to recompose it,
change it's color or what ever is necessary. I'm just using the artistic
license we acquire when we call ourselves artists. But I try to remain
true to what drew me to the image.
My philosophy in art is short and
sweet. Get the image out of your mind and onto the canvas as soon
and as often as possible. Yea, if it were only that easy. With daily
distractions and pressures of just trying to make a living, we artists
have to put what we desire to do most on the back burner sometimes. With
the exception to those who are fortunate enough to support themselves with
I make a living by restoring paintings
so representational imagery is a must but not necessarily foremost in what
I paint. I sometimes explore my imagination and use the different
art mediums to create something that is not in my normal style. I try to
vary my style and technique along with size and imagery so as not to stagnate.
To me there is nothing more boring then painting the same way over and
over again. You should move on constantly changing and learning more about
this crazy passion called art.
When restoring paintings it is important
to be well versed in the images you are restoring. So the images
I paint for myself vary from landscapes to still lives to portraits. From
time to time I like to paint costumed figures because the colors and styles
are more vibrant and lively then most contemporary dress.
Sketching and drawing are natural
for me and are basic for most artists. Painting was something I had to
work at because there are more elements involved. But when one paints one
also draws. Vicious circle that it is.
Corbet said in 1861 that art is completely
individual, and that the talent of each artist is
but the result of his own inspiration and his own study of past tradition.
And that it is merely a means of applying his personal faculties to the
ideas and the things of the period in which he lives. And Corot said it
is better to be nothing than an echo of other painters. It's difficult
to be unique when it seems like everything has already been done. But there
is enough imagery in today's social life, politics and events to keep artists
going for a lifetime. In the past is has been popular for artists to represent
what has happened in the past. Then it was popular to view everyday present
life. Now it's the future which holds our interest and our imagination.
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