Monday, July 12, 2010
Richard says, "If you merely copy what's in front of you, you are rendering reality. An artist needs to make choices, to take responsibility for what he/she wants the viewer to see, do and feel through the painting. You, the artist, are the magician. A painting is a compromise of reality."
That statement was fully in my mind when creating this painting. I chose the vertical (format with a push, dynamic...not my usual.) While painting I constantly thought about simultaneous contrast. Anyone who has been fortunate to take a workshop with Richard knows that if there is one thing he preaches it's simultaneous contrast. Defined simply: nothing is what it is till it has a relationship. It's like reading...the words on the page in isolation mean nothing till that word works with the other words and makes beautiful prose or poetry. One word, or one letter is nothing until it works in concert with others.
So always ask yourself...what color do I want next to that, instead of what color is it.
A big apology to all my blogger friends. I am missing seeing your blogs and adding comments. I will return...right now I am just keeping my head above water to do this. :-D