“We arrive totally new
at the various stages of life and
there we often lack experience
despite the number of our years.”
Francoise de La Rochefoucauld VI 1613 French writer
I think his quote sums up our experience with painting, art, as well.
Every time we think we attain a new level, get to the next stage, we discover ourselves beginners all over again.
Beginners don’t realise that this is ‘just what happens.’
Often as Beginners, we believe the journey will be smooth sailing, once we learn the basics.
That the there won’t be much more mystery, or challenges, or setbacks after that.
Those who have been at it longer, know differently. Know the drill.
Because, as long as our innate artistic curiosity remains, there will be challenges.
We have been down the path enough times before not to be overly discouraged.
We know…. to wait it out.
To work it out.
I chose La Rochefoucauld to quote from today, for two reasons.
The quote content suited the post and image, firstly.
Secondly, he isn’t one of the most well known writers people have read about.
But, he has so many quotes, maxims that are valuable gems.
Just as applicable in 2018 as they were in the 1600’s.
And Art, is about discoveries.
About curiosity that is never ending.
The springboard, the origins of the painting came from the photo of water in green blue.
Not really a magnificent specimen on its own.
However, it does not need to be.
The reference sources only need to Inspire.
To ignite within the artist a desire to create something more, something going Beyond that initial photo.
As an abstract, it need not Be anything.
It doesn’t have to represent a boat, house, flower, lake, ocean, etc.
If, a painting was Semi-Abstract then, we would be able to discern perhaps that an area might be a sky shape.
Another shape, could infer a shrouded figure, or a boat out upon misty waters. This, is what a Semi Abstract painting is.
Impressionist, we can detect straight away that something is a flower, a tree, car, cup, etc.
Maybe not, the exact precise street address of the place.
More the mood and feeling of the place or person though.
Botanical art is very precise. We will know what type of flower it is, the species, etc.
The measurements, the ratios, will all be correct.
Everything leaves, petals, stamens, roots, etc. will be exact in their detail.