“Painting at night, while others are sleeping.” Spoken like a true artist.
In The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot , Robert MacFarlane says:
“For some time now it has seemed to me that the two questions we should ask of any strong landscape are these: Firstly, what do I know when I am in this place that I can know nowhere else. And then, vainly, what does this place know of me that I cannot know of myself?”
As a landscape painter, I felt particularly pierced by this quote. I rolled it around in my head as I painted in Alviso Marina County Park this weekend. I recounted to myself what I knew of this landscape: it used to be rural and isolated from the hustle of Silicon Valley. It was, quite literally, the site of a dump, but now, with the invasion of tech dollars, it’s got that beginning shine of gentrification-creep.
But it hasn’t all been siliconized yet. The…
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Interesting juxtaposition! “The deeper you go, the higher you fly.” Exactly.
I thought I have climbed the highest peak but the view is not as what I used to expect. But I can hear the deep ocean calling me to dive deeper and deeper and that’ll be the new ‘peak’ to achieve.
Dream will not be as perfect as you thought. Reach yours, and chase the new dream which will make you happy, keep you alive.
You captured the sunwashed California landscape really well.
This week we talked about buildings or man-made structures in a landscape. We discovered that most man-made things are very geometric in form and that the rendering of them might be like putting a series of shapes together, such as triangles, squares, rectangles, ovals and circles. Arches are good examples of rounded forms and are found in many bridges and entryways. We considered values and how our building/ buildings sat within the foliage and landscape that surrounded it. Were there shadows cast by eaves or trees on the side of them? Was one side of our structure in bright sunlight and the other darker? Where would our center of interest be? Would it be the doorway, a reflective window, a person standing outside? How did our structure or structures contrast or fit into the landscape surrounding?
I chose a photo of Bodie, California that I found on Wet Canvas…
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I feel like getting a cone right now, even though it’s snowing outside!
People come from all around to go to this special ice cream parlor. Its ice cream is so yummy. Its been here in Hanford forever. I remember as a youngster riding in the back of my dad’s pickup going into town to get an ice cream cone. If you are ever in Hanford, you must go to Superior Diary for a delicious treat of ice cream.
Amazing insights into music and art!
Friday night is right for art!
Art is not to be taught in academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
I immediately acknowledge the legitimacy of Oscar Wilde’s perspective. It is too late for me to put his theory into practice, as I earned my Bachelor’s in Art in 1976. Since that year, I have held down several professions, and did not get back into the visual art world until the last couple of decades. When asked whether or not I am “self-taught”, I hedge a bit. I do have a four-year degree in the subject, have studied the masters seriously since that day, still immerse myself in art history, yet my search for a watercolor “style” is indeed my own private quest. Following Walt Whitman, “you shall listen to all sides and filter them through yourself.” I…
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