Friday, September 28, 2012
As far as "finish" goes for any painting, we can say a painting is finished (to the painter) if it achieves the aim of the painter. But anyone outside the painter-- say the collector, the art loving public, the non-family viewer--can help stop the disease of "over-finish". I'm waiting for the vaccine!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
While instruction from him seemed to put this student on the edge of a razor for each session, his urgings were essential to the serious-minded. "What color do you see in that tree trunk?" "Purple", I hesitatingly replied. "Then paint it that way!!" He was always prodding one to LOOK and COMPARE. He was difficult, proud. " Father Sicilian, mother Jewish". An outstanding painter up against the incursions of modern abstract art . I can still hear his urgings in my subconscious, even though I could be called a rather poor student of his for only a year or two. My mistake was to push his in-your-face instruction away too soon. A greater artist, a greater soul would have stayed the course for at least another year, with the ability to ignore all the melodrama, acidic criticism, and insistent pessimism. With all that, I am indebted to him for the strong start he gave me in painting. One other artist, Solace Loven , also counts Pat as one of her teachers. Corso passed away in 1989, victim of a "routine" hospital procedure.
After Corso, I had several other teachers, nationally known, and a few of which were his contempory artists at the Art Students League. From each teacher, I have gained another way of looking at nature , of turning paintings into art. Here are a couple of experiments inspired by some of my readings :
. At left is actually a painting of sunflowers, despite the presence of "my little teapot". It's an oil on linen, 16x20. Past still life work I have done was a little more "realistic" and perhaps had a tonal mood, but here I was after a little more expressiveness. An artist must paint with emotion, according to the teachings of Sergei Bongart. I have also done a still life with roses, with the same thought in mind. ( I reserve this painting for the next blog opportunity.)
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The next image , a blurred one I'm sorry to say, is of an old fishing boat, Artemis II which I sketched in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. It was a beautiful day with a mellow sun late in the afternoon. The whole charm of the scene had to do with low tide which had the vessel pitched forward, her screw out of the water aft. Of course, with the changing tide, by the time I left, the boat was afloat by the dock. Plein air work is indeed a combination of observation, imagination, and memory work!
Artemis II seemed to me more picturesque than seaworthy -- but that was its lure to this artist. I think to help the composition, studio assistance might include some other boats in the harbor .
These last two images are oil sketches of scenes within one or two miles from my present studio in East Greenwich, RI. The top is a view of the harbor in East Greenwich just as the sun is close to retiring for the day and the other image is the most recent sketch of one of my favorite local subjects , the Green Boat. Again both of these remain as sketches until more thinking about them is accomplished -- before any "improvements" are made!