Ok, I'm off to eat an apple :) Really, though, do you use a technique that sets your art apart?
Monday, January 9, 2012
What Makes A Painting Remarkable?
I've been thinking about this one. A lot. It seems to me that for a painting to be really great it has to have a certain "something", but what in the heck is it? I found this terrific website written by artist Robert Bissett, "The Secret To Better Painting". He says, "You must first have an idea, an artistic concept." To me, this means finding a vehicle such as sharp contrast, unusual texture, drama in lighting, etc., that will help make the painting stand out. There are plenty of paintings with apples, but what will make your apple painting look remarkable? Speaking of apple paintings, mine is coming along. I decided to use strong color along with the absence of color as my artistic concept. One of my favorite artists, Frank Serrano, gets this just right. I love how he infuses atmosphere into his landscape paintings with the use of neutral grays and pops of color.