"Almost Gone", oil on canvas, 12" x 12"
"Critics, mathematicians, scientists and busybodies want to classify everything, marking the boundaries and limits... In art, there is room for all possibilities." (Pablo Picasso)
This quote is posted in my studio, to remind me to push myself and to not doubt my instincts. Powerfully stated by the one and only Picasso, it lends a vast sense of hope and assurance, especially when I know I am breaking the rules so rapidly pounded into my head during my formal art training.
The watermelon painting above is the perfect example. For the past few entries I have mentioned my vision of white on white that has been in my head. I loved the stark white of the canvas, with my preliminary sketch marks peeking from underneath my paint. I had been taught to paint the background, even when I already loved the color that was there, in order to complete the look. I know this rule well, and usually follow it. However, (forgive me for sounding like a cliche) if I always followed the rules what new avenues would I discover? Rules tossed to the wind, I am enjoying the raw, smooth, stark white canvas next to the vivid textured paint that creates my watermelon. I even like the idea that others might think it is unfinished; it takes the sacredness away from the painting and allows the viewer to relax, enjoy, and place wherever they see fit.
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