Tonight I want to talk about another sort of thing that needs to be edited out. In this case it is what John Carlson calls a local freak in his book on landscape painting. That is the text for this class incidentally. A local freak is something that just happens to look weird. He gives the example of a cloud that looks like a fish.
Tonights "local freak" is a standing beaver=manatee hybrid, see him? Here he is below, circled.
This is a closeup of the little guy. This is the sort of thing that when seen by primitive man gave rise to the animistic religions.
If you are a photorealist or just copy exactly what you see you will dutifully transfer this beaver-manatee onto the canvas, and it will take over your whole painting. Here I have edited him out,
there that's better!
Ives Gammell, in his book Twilight of Painting spoke of "a fish in the wall paper that having been once perceived, would no more down than Banquos Ghost". You should look over your paintings carefully and edit out any thing that looks like a little face or a little figure, or a potato. There is another reason that you can't just paint what you see.
No Beavers or Manatees were harmed in the making of this post.