Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday Sayings

Painters often seem to be involved in a great struggle with those things they have the greatest difficulty mastering... It is as though the artist is always working a little bit beyond his area of competence, stubbornly doing what is to some degree impossible.
----- Alan Feltus
In order to make truly personal work, one has to struggle with intent and content as well as with techniques. And technique is the easiest thing to learn in art.
----- Gabriella Morrison


Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

This first quotation is very much true for me right now! I have my mill painting propped up across the room from my recliner, and have studied it from afar quite a bit, pondering and pondering. I have made some decisions and will give them a try today. But, my stubbornness to get it right may be my downfall if this is outside of my competence!

RHCarpenter said...

Susan, I think we step outside our area of competence every time we try something new, or try something a bit harder/more complicated than we've done in the past - and it's not easy but it's how we grow. I just keep telling myself that, anyway. And there is no "right" and "wrong" with painting once you learn the basic techniques - it's just whether or not the painting matches the one in your head that looked so good to you before you put it on paper.

Carol Carter said...

thanks rhonda.. as ALWAYS for your helpful and encouraging comments. i am so happy that we finally met.. it's wonderful to share the process of painting through blogging. your comments mean a lot to me! happy painting. c

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Hi Rhonda - really enjoyed reading and viewing your last 3 posts. Always chasing time, I find looking at multiple posts at a time works for me but it does mean I comment on earlier entries. Soooo...loved the clear out - wish I had the courage to do the same - and the resulting drowning possibilities (clever title) on reclaimed YUPO. Currently trying to find a UK supplier for this material.

carol said...

I think the first quote is what keeps us going. What a challenge!

The portrait of your grand-daughter is so beautifully painted.

RHCarpenter said...

Art is not always fun, light, happy, but is often a struggle. Those who continue to struggle and don't give up when it gets hard are those who will reach the highest plateaus, I think - but it's one plateau at a time! ha ha
Thanks so much, Carol C., Joan, Susan and Carol for your comments. Stay tuned!