Mere prettiness of scene, to be sure, is not needed for a beautiful picture. In fact, artificially-made pretty places are very often a hindrance to a good picture. Nature will hardly stand a double process of beautification: one layer of idealism on top of another is too much of a good thing. But a vivid scene, a brilliant atmosphere, novel and charming lights, impressive contrasts, if they strike the eye all at once, arouse an interest and an ardour which will certainly be reflected in the work which you try to do, and will make it seem easier.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Going Wild - SOLD
I find myself choosing the wildest of places to paint. The pretty parks and landscaped yards hold no interest for me. It has to be rough and rugged to really get me interested. The above painting was painted from a landscaped park, and I choose to paint the one spot where the land was more natural and where the natural grasses had started to dry. Increasingly, this has become my habit. Here is a quote by Sir Winston Churchill. He came to the same conclusion, only says it much better.
Posted by Donna Van Tuyl