Saturday, March 15, 2008

Is It Live or Is It Memorex?

Neither one! It's actually a photo and a painting, obviously, and it's pretty easy to see which one is which, I imagine. However, I did try to reproduce the photo, which is a beautiful one taken by my mother many years ago, as faithfully as possible. I matched the colors pretty well, but I never can get the shapes exactly the same. I guess that's why my work is called impressionist.
I really admire those paintings that are so detailed that they look like they could be photos, but I can't do them. I seem to have a broader stroke, so my paintings are less detailed, and the whole picture looks more accurate when seen at a slight distance. That's why art is so universal, yet so personal. And the beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. That's also why I think everyone is an artist, even though (s)he may not think so. Anyone can pick up a paintbrush and paint, and someone will love his/her work. I am living proof that you don't need special training or talent to produce art. Everyone has his/her own style, and it's all beautiful in its own way. That's why I don't understand it when people tell me that they couldn't do what I do. Believe me, they can. Their finished interpretation of something will look different from mine, but it will still be art and still be appreciated by someone. I think people say that because they haven't tried it and either have no confidence or no desire to do it. And desire to do it is very important. So if you ever thought you might just like to pick up a paintbrush and try to paint, please do. If you are having a good time, you're an artist! Life is good....


alissasanderson said...

I feel the exact same way about photography. I just express it as "I don't do anything special. You could do it, too, if you just tried."

It sounds much nicer your way :-)

That is lovely. I remember that photo.

And, I hear a rumor that Natalie would like one of your paintings, to add to her family art collection. You could help her out, right?

Susie said...

I love your upbeat thought that everyone is an artist. In 9th grade, art was a required subject. I was attempting to draw with charcoal and the teacher told me "Susan, you may as well give up and go home. You have absolutely no artistic ability"
I never forgot her words.
I think you have wonderful talent!!