Sunday, July 5, 2009

More quotes from blog history

Richard Parkes Bonington, image from artrenewal.org, the worlds largest online museum. They see more visitors a year than the Metropolitan Museum of art and MOMA put together.

I ALWAYS DECIDED FOR MY ART. MANY TIMES I HAD TO MAKE '"BAD" DECISIONS, WHEN ANY SANE AND PRUDENT PERSON WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ELSE, I CHOSE MY ART, AND I WAS WILLING TO TAKE THE BEATING. I BECAME A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST BY DEFAULT, BY REFUSING TO BE ANYTHING ELSE.

CHARM IS THE ONE QUALITY THAT WILL REDEEM A PAINTING BEARING ANY OTHER FAULT.

Put the note down and leave it alone. If you don't like it, repaint it, or throw more paint down on to it. You can't worry the paint into a picture once its on the canvas.

If I look at what the artist made, then subtract from that what is actually there, I arrive at the the artists decisions .

THE MORE WHITE YOU USE, THE LESS COLOR YOU HAVE!

although you worked hard to learn to state your values accurately, there are times, particularly in landscape painting when you will want to state them artistically. They are subject to the decision making process and are a tool of design like any other.

COLOR IS A DECORATION YOU HANG ON YOUR DRAWING.

THAT'S BECAUSE A PAINTING IS A COLORED DRAWING
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DON'T PAY TO SHOW YOUR ART!


Design cannot be observed into a painting.

You can not "observe" fine handling of edges into your painting. You must, observe, think and then decide, how you will handle each edge.

YOU CANNOT OBSERVE EXPRESSIVE EDGES INTO A PAINTING. THEY MUST BE INSTALLED.
IN ORDER TO DO THAT YOU MUST OBSERVE, THINK AND THEN DECIDE.


NOTHING GOOD GETS INTO A PICTURE BY ACCIDENT.

HE MADE THINGS DARK OR BRIGHT IN VALUE, BASED ON WHAT FURTHERED HIS DESIGN, RATHER THAN HOW THEY ACTUALLY APPEARED IN FRONT OF HIM!

THERE IS MORE ART THAN THERE ARE WALLS IN THE GALLERIES TO SHOW THAT ART. LOTS MORE.

  • Is this brushstroke in the right place?
  • Is it in the light or is it in the shadow?
  • Is it the right value?
  • Is it the right color?
  • Is it the the right chroma, that is, is it too saturated or is it too grave ( gray)?
  • Is the temperature of the color correct, is it too warm or is it too cool?

KEY IS, LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN A PAINTING, SUBJECT TO THE MACHINERY OF DESIGN.

Gee, I still have enough for another day, so tomorrow, more quotable quotes from the blog.

4 comments:

Deb said...

So, how does one achieve "charm"?

"dicapob" I have no idea, I think it might be an Italian swear word.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Deb:
That's a tough question. I think maybe an artist is charming when they can appeal to the "heart"of the viewer without being obvious or cloying.Is occasionally done by naive artists, overcoming their lack of technical chops, Grandma Moses for instance.Must be done without a whiff or guile or it becomes charms evil cousin...heightened cheese content.
Somebody in Hollywood once said "sincerity, if you can fake that..... you've got it made!"

dicapob= Italian guitarists term for the practice of using a pair of capo's, giving two shortened fretboards which are both played at once.
.....................Stape

Jeremy Elder said...

I think I am going to scratch all of these into the walls of my prison cell.

euthi - one who is youthful.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Jeremy;
You can tap them out in code to the inmate in the next cell,that's what I am doing.

euthi= pet name for euthanasia,