Saturday, February 19, 2011
Painting Under the influence......
As a child I had a romantic bent to everything I did, roses flowers, pretty things, Houses with picket fences and trees in the yard. Children playing and puppies running at thier feet. This romantic leaning continued until I reached highschool and I met Mr Anderson. This wonderful Art teacher gave me an assignment after seeing my portfolio of drawings on the first day of Art classes. He told me to paint a landscape, using only black and white. Nothing else. I did.. it was dismal,,, a forest of burned out trees.. it had a smooth surrealistic, almost evil appearance.. I hated it.. he loved it! " So you can paint something other than hearts and flowers!" he said. The he asked me to paint a still life using the same palette, and then a portrait.. and then Flowers... a different subject everyday for a week. I started to love black and white. Then he told me to add one colour and repeat the process again. and then again adding yet another colour. It was a great AHAH! moment. His odd method of getting me out of my comfort zone has had a tremendous influence on me that continued through out my education and continues to reverberate today.
One Arts Professor I had... . taught drawing... he had me putting bubbles in everything.. If I drew a womans form he had me using bubbles to create texture in the fabric, in her hair, in her skin.. in a still life he had me using bubbles, to create surface texture in almost everything...under his influence I saw past what was there, to what could be there. He taught me to see more. Yet another AHAH!Moment.
As artists we come under the influence of so many things , and we should take away something from each of them and apply them to our art. When something takes your interest, Dive in...take it all in, learn everything you can, pour over books, images, stories, photos, indulge in it, TRY IT. I promise you'll have an AHAH! moment of your own.
Besides it's great fun painting under the influence.
Posted by Tracy Moreau at 9:56 PM