Thoughts About the Art Life
Someone at a recent art gallery opening made a comment to me that they didn't need to collect landscapes because they could look outside their window at beautiful scenery every day. I was somewhat floored by that statement, since that is my primary subject matter. I also have incredible views from my windows at home.
Why even bother to paint from my deck when I can just walk outside ?
I believe that these paintings aren't just pretty pictures of the landscape...on the surface they may seem so, but we need to go beyond that superficial level. Paintings are windows into the soul. Look at the colors and the brushstrokes that are there. It is a captured moment in time...one that you can enjoy at any time of the day. Looking at paintings can relax and soothe...They do have energy to them.
Yes, it is great to be able to look out my windows and enjoy nature's beauty...but painting does more for me. I learn to really see the landscape and share it with others. What could be better than that!
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