Friday, September 3, 2010
Here I am working in the afore-mentioned series to compare one
painting to another to try to determine the merits (or not). When I'm in
this debilitating state of doubting my judgment, I'm hyper-aware that
I could be starry-eyed like watching my little daughter in a tutu on stage
for the first time and oblivious to the obvious.
I've read David Leffel and Greg Kreutz's books and understand the
importance of an idea in painting but I think my understanding of the
word "idea" may be missing their point. Like in art class a thousand
years ago, I equated "fat" paint with thick paint, not paint laden with oil.
I don't know what my "idea" for these apple paintings is. Leffel and Kreutz
write about a decision to paint in complementary colors or chiaroscuro.
I haven't equated anything remotely that pedestrian with "idea" or concept.
Idea and Concept are lofty words to me . . . like Soul---that mysterious infusion
of feeling a good painting conveys. Of course, both Leffel and Kreutz do that
very well while I still struggle. "Idea" was easier to grasp as an abstract painter.
As a graphic designer, I listened for years to marketing people discuss
"concept." They were talking about stats and demographics. Poor things,
I thought, they don't know what the word means. It's apparent that words
evoke pictures and the pictures I associated with their words didn't necessarily
coincide with their pictures or their meaning. Well. In the end, it comes down to
me . . . time to get down from my loft and try to figure out those words right
here on earth and apply them to the task at hand. I want my real pictures
If anyone is willing, I'd appreciate your take on this one compared to the apples
2 posts ago . . . Everyone is so nice or kind when commenting on this blog . . .
I truly am asking for feedback or constructive criticism . . . I hope for a dialog.
I can take it.