Sunday, February 14, 2010
whistler and thumbnail color studies
I did many color thumbnails inspired by this Whistler quote:
"Nature contains the elements, in colour and form, of all pictures, as the keyboard contains the notes of all music. But the artist is born to pick and choose... that the result may be beautiful – as the musician gathers his notes, and forms his chords, until he brings forth from chaos glorious harmony."
Next thought....Whistler always pre-mixed his pools of colors. They say he spent more time mixing than painting. Hmmmmmm. I don't lean towards being a pre-mixer, more impulsive am I. But I think I will give it a try. Long ago, in school, I remember mixing strings of color, like that way Sanford Gifford did. I will try to enjoy the meditative mixing.
So do you pre-mix or on the spot mix, and why?