Tuesday, June 29, 2010
chincoteague and reading
I slipped away last weekend to the beach, Chincoteague. Chincoteague, a native american word for the "beautiful place across the water" is a wonderful place filled with wild ponies and absolutely no development. The beach has nothing just 18 or so miles of endless sand. It is called Assateague (native american for the marshy place across. )
I confess I laid on the beach and reread my copy of Like Breath on Glass,Whistler and Inness and the art of painting softly. I painted a little (this is one), memorized a lot, but basically it was two solid days, enjoying my husband's company (without my computer!)
Back to the painting part. On Sunday, when I painted this I was thinking about all the words in the book. Here is a quote from the book," Inness and Twachtman insisted that the beginning artist fully understand the underlying structures and systems of nature, the insisted "strict and sober facts."Having achieved this mechanical skill, the artist was ostensibly ready to edit and interpret what he saw and experienced. His skill of rendering the facts of nature had to be subjected to his own particular temperament or creative talents, to what one artist described as his power "of selection, of arrangement of taste." Artists called this marriage of realism and individual interpretation a synthetic style as compared to the analytical style of the HRS or any other school of realism. As Inness put it, a painting must possess "both the subjective sentiment-the poetry of nature- and the objective fact."
Possess both, sentiment and fact. That is the goal. Balance.