|9x9 pastel and watercolor on Uart|
What each painter sees and feels is vastly different than another painter. Why is it we tend to ignore this and search for accepted reality? I remember years ago when I was visiting galleries in NYC and one gallery owner explained to me why he did not like plein air work. At that point in my painting life I felt highly insulted. I loved plein air and felt it was an elevated art. After all it WAS my art. He talked about the fact that it simply had too much information, no real distillation of what is important. Finally, 15 years later I see his point. I will always be a plein air painter, but I think with this winter's long recovery and exploration into my memory all will be different in the spring. I will be reborn when I go out there.
Last night's contrast between blue snow on the field and hot gold sun provided amazing fodder for my imagination.
More quotes from the amazing John F Carlson:
Too much reality in a picture is always a disappointment to the imaginative soul. We love suggestion and not hard facts. (wow, eh! and so true)
The beginner in painting begins by copying nature in all literalness, leaving nothing out and putting nothing in; he makes it look like the place or person or thing. By and by he will learn to omit the superfluous and to grasp the essentials and arrange them into a more powerful and significant whole. And it is wonderful to know that these “essentials” will be essentials to him only (and herein lies the secret of originality). Another man will choose another group of essentials out of the same fountain of inspiration.
(Does this ring a bell or what?)