Friday, January 1, 2010

Sparkle - 8"x9" en plein air

Here is my little painting from the other day. The sun is out today and maybe will try another. Not sure yet.

Below is a quote from “Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting.” Reading each morning often influences the work accomplished that day. The words of John F. Carlson and Edgar Payne can set my mind right for the work to be done.
"There was once a student who, in ardent anxiety to "get the exact color" of certain tree trunks he was painting out-of-doors, actually took his palette up to the trees, and, mixing a daub of color, "tried it" on the bark. Of course, the results of this experiment were unsuccessful, for the student had forgotten that the trees were fifty yards away in nature, and therefore, seen through that much atmosphere. He forgot also that the sunlight shone on the tree trunk and on his "matched" daub, which, when seen upon his picture under tempered indoor lights, was neither exact nor beautiful. We do not paint "exact" colors; we paint them as they impress us, differently every day."


Andrew Traynor said...

Very nice picture from what I could make out; a slightly larger reproduction would have been nice. I enjoyed some of your earlier pictures a great deal too. The quotation is perfectly correct. The point of art isn't how you reproduce reality, it's how you interprete it

Donna Van Tuyl said...

Hi Andrew and thank you. I think as a writer the word interprete may seem like another wonderful word to use. As a visual artist I was much taken with the phrase by Carlson "we paint them as they impress us, differently every day." Isn't that a much more lovely sounding word for the idea of painting?

A writer may describe the scene and interprete the sound of the water coming over the rocks. A painter comes along and is impressed by the light and the seeing of the scene and everything about the day leaves an impression.