|pastel done from the oil I am struggling with at the moment|
The other day I ran across a lecture from Wolf Kahn. It had a provocative title: 6 good reasons not to paint a landscape.
It made me think even before I ever clicked on the link. Why do you or I choose to paint landscape (if indeed you are one of the many painters who do so exclusively)? Think now before reading on.
My answer, before I clicked was twofold I like the way it feels when I am outside painting when I feel totally absorbed in the landscape. It's amazing. Plus the landscape provides me with a jumping board to where ever I want to go with it. I don't feel that same independence with still life or figures. It's like having carte blanche all the time.
The whole process of painting is amazing. One moment it is nothing and then like magic there it is.
In the lecture WK made the point that in art NOW you are obliged to surprise people. Landscapes don't do that. To me they appeal to the heart...no surprises....just serenity.
So as a good way to begin the new year I have included it here. It's about 40 minutes long so wait till you have time to sit back.
Here's the link- http://forum-network.org/lecture/six-good-reasons-not-paint-landscape
Oh happy day! As a celebratory note, Katherine Tyrrell honored Daddio and I with the Most Gorgeous Mouthwatering Studio of the year award. I share the honor with Carol Marine, an amazing artist who just lost her beautiful, newly built studio to fire. Read her story and look at all the the awards from Making a Mark. Click here for my award.http://makingamark.blogspot.com/2011/12/home-front-making-mark-awards-2011. Or here for the entire blog and list of awards.
Thanks so much Katherine! Daddio, Paul and I are amazed and delighted!