Tuesday, June 22, 2010
working from memory
Has anyone read Birge Harrison's Landscape Painting? Mr Harrison taught at the Art Student's League in the early 1900s. In the chapter- The importance of fearlessness in painting, he says,"The public loves to be dictated to in matters of art.- to feel that the painter is"onto his job." It will pass by the man who says I think and stand rapt every time before the picture of the man who says"I know."Aim to tell the truth:but if you have to lie, lie courageously."
Today I returned to some of my studies from Uncle Harold's farm in the Cumberland area.
To be removed from the scene opens up a whole new world. When you are no longer a slave to the view, you can feel and aim more easily for your concept. In this scene I wrote (in my sketchbook) about how the sky was overcast thus creating an intensity to the color. Sun washes out color. The glow of the mountains was intense. Even the grass was greener. Aim to tell the truth, but if.......
Now you can ask yourself what works?