Thursday, January 12, 2012
Call and Response
We were having this discussion about painting from photographs and how there seemed to be something lacking, no matter how hard we tried. Cathe, my good friend and author of a foundational book on landscape painting (HERE), said that it was all about the asking. I said that it was all about not having something speak to me. As it turned out, we were talking from different sides of the same coin.
When Cathe goes outdoors to do art she asks for a painting and says the world eventually answers with a gem of an idea. When I go out I wait for something to catch my eye and I respond to it. Call and response, but in one case the artist does the calling and in the other the world speaks first. Which are you?
The other day I wondered just how many paintings out of the thousands I have done were from photos....so I counted. There weren't many so it was easy to do. In this blog you are looking at number 11 and 12, Evening Lighthouse, 10x12, and Dry Land Desert, 11x13. The last blog entry, Deanna's Sunflowers, was number 13.
I find photo painting a stretch because not only is a lot of information not there but nothing vibrant and living is speaking to me. As a result I have to work hard to generate that missing stuff from imagination and memory as best I can.
Call and Response. What is your experience....and how do you deal with it? I'd love to know.