|12x24 oil on board|
George Inness insisted that the beginning artist fully understand the underlying structures and systems of nature, he called these the "strict and sober facts." It's so true. Since only after achieving this mechanical skill is the artist ready to edit and interpret what she/he sees and experiences. It is the marriage of realism and individual interpretation As Inness wrote, "a painting must possess both the subjective sentiment-the poetry of nature- and the objective fact."
A painting is a beautiful mix of feeling and fact. - the new words on my studio door.
While this painting is still unfinished it perfectly demonstrates those words. This is a painting that has taken over. It started from a plein air piece, but now is completely its own animal. Memory, knowledge of how the landscape works and feeling are the food for its creation ...the plein air piece has no use for me now..