Tuesday, May 4, 2010
absolute stillness, realization 2 and John Constable
My work at big pool for the last three week has culminated in a finished studio painting (oil.) So on to my next realization: the studies are just that..studies. Just like I take notes to remember, even though I need never look at them again. I paint studies because, like most artists, I am a visual/ kinesthetic learner. I learn by doing. I can't take a photo. This scene at big pool was so embedded in me I see and feel it. After doing it so many times I feel like I KNOW big pool and that light.
This calls for a quote by one of my heros, John Constable:
We see nothing until we understand it.
And one last Constable quote:
Painting is a science and should be pursued as an inquiry into the laws of nature. Why, then, may not a landscape be considered as a branch of natural philosophy, of which pictures are but experiments?