Saturday, September 16, 2017

Comments on Painting by Paul Cezanne (en francais)

This is fairly easy French and probably can be found in the new Getty book of Cezanne's letters translated in English.  However, I put the French here as I'm sure it is public domain.  CZ

Il s’agit de pensées rapportées par le peintre et critique Émile Bernard dans son article « Paul Cézanne », publié dans la revue L’Occident, n° 32, juillet 1904.
Lisons la nature; réalisons nos sensations dans une esthétique personnelle et traditionnelle à la fois. Le plus fort sera celui qui aura vu le plus à fond et qui réalisera pleinement, comme les grands Vénitiens.
Peindre d’après nature, ce n’est pas copier l’objectif, c’est réaliser ses sensations.
Dans le peintre il y a deux choses: l’œil et le cerveau, tous deux doivent s’entr’aider : il faut travailler à leur développement mutuel ; à l’œil par la vision sur nature, au cerveau par la logique des sensations organisées, qui donne les moyens d’expression.
Lire la nature, c’est la voir sous le voile de l’interprétation par taches colorées se succédant selon une loi d’harmonie. Ces grandes teintes s’analysent ainsi par les modulations. Peindre c’est enregistrer ses sensations colorées.
Il n’y a pas de ligne, il n’y a pas de modelé, il n’y a que des contrastes. Ces contrastes, ce ne sont pas le noir et le blanc qui les donnent, c’est la sensation colorée. Du rapport exact des tons résulte le modelé. Quand ils sont harmonieusement juxtaposés et qu’ils y sont tous, le tableau se modèle tout seul.
On ne devrait pas dire modeler, on devrait dire moduler.
L’ombre est une couleur comme la lumière, mais elle est moins brillante ; lumière et ombre ne sont qu’un rapport de deux tons.
Tout dans la nature se modèle selon la sphère, le cône et le cylindre. Il faut s’apprendre à peindre sur ces figures simples, on pourra ensuite faire tout ce qu’on voudra.
Le dessin et la couleur ne sont point distincts, au fur et à mesure que l’on peint on dessine ; plus la couleur s’harmonise, plus le dessin se précise. Quand la couleur est à sa richesse, la forme est à sa plénitude. Les contrastes et les rapports de tons, voilà le secret du dessin et du modelé.
L’effet constitue le tableau, il l’unifie et le concentre ; c’est sur l’existence d’une tache dominante qu’il faut l’établir.
Il faut être ouvrier dans son art. Savoir de bonne heure sa méthode de réalisation. Être peintre par les qualités mêmes de la peinture. Se servir de matériaux grossiers.
Il faut redevenir classique par la nature, c’est-à-dire par la sensation.
Tout se résume en ceci : avoir des sensations et lire la Nature.
Travailler sans souci de personne, et devenir fort, tel est le but de l’artiste ; le reste ne vaut même pas le mot de Cambronne.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

STILL LIFE

12 X 24  Inches, oil on brass panel














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Friday, May 26, 2017

STILL LIFE, May 2017









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Thursday, May 4, 2017

IS SUCCESS THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO CREATIVITY?

Vincent Van Gogh wrote in April 1890 that it's almost always the case that success is the worst thing that can happen in a painter's life.

Personally, now that I am "old", I am not sure that the idea of success is what drives me to do art, unless it has to do with the Greek concept of arete, achieving one's best.  And to me that is a very personal thing.

I resonate with what Van Gogh wrote, as after I had a little show some years ago I was inspired to paint and I would think about a thing I started, "This will sell" -- and then it felt as if it was the worst thing I've ever done.  I was so discouraged.  It took me some time to get back to being myself and doing what I wanted and needed to do.

Somehow I think this is what Vincent meant as well.



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Friday, March 31, 2017

STILL LIFE - March 2017 20 x 28" oil and egg tempera on board












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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Still life 16 x 16" Oil, June 2016






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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Comment on Success...

Vincent Van Gogh wrote his brother Theo in April 1890 that it's almost always the case that success is the worst thing that can happen in a painter's life.

That comment struck me as very true.  Would Van Gogh really have cared that his paintings have sold for millions after his death?  I wonder.

Personally, now that I am "old", I am not sure that the idea of success is what drives me to do art, unless it has to do with the Greek concept of arete, achieving one's best in whatever you do.  And to me trying to achieve that excellence is a very personal thing.

I resonate with what Van Gogh wrote, as after I had a little show some years ago I was inspired to paint something new, and I thought "This will sell" -- and I quickly realized it was terrible:  dead, with no inspiration or meaning to me.    I was so discouraged.  It took me some time to get back to being myself and doing what I wanted and needed to do.  I have struggled with this always, thinking to please others (such as contests) and getting back to making something I'd really like on my own wall.

Somehow I think this is what Vincent meant as well.

New Still Life 16 x 20" oil on panel

STILL LIFE WITH EDWARDIAN SHOES






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Sunday, May 29, 2016

new painting - landscape May 2016

oil on masonite panel






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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ETUDES

I have decided to work on studies (etudes) finished in 1-2 days while waiting for the inspiration for a more committed work.  These four paintings, all oils, are all small format, none larger than 8 x 8 inches.  The single tulip was the most challenging ---







Wednesday, April 6, 2016

STILL LIFE WITH GREEK VASE

16 x 20" Oil and tempera on panel, April, 2015




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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Still Life March 2015


oil on panel, 16 x 20" completed March 2016



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

still life with yellow bowl, March 2016


oil on wood panel, 24 x 24 inches, completed March 2016

I have finally given in and let my feeling for color and the paint take over.  In my below "selfie" photo the unfinished version shows.  The white area on the top right was such an obstacle, I tried to repaint it numerous times, then when I finally took it out it brought the entire piece together.

This painting has underpainting, direct thick brushwork, glazing and scumbling techniques.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mandala Still Life, Feb. 2015

There's a lot to "Painting What you See" and making a composition.  In this one I concentrated on trying to reproduce color and form and give the entire piece a rhythm.
oil on copper plate, 16 x 20 inches completed Feb. 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

THREE STILL LIFE PAINTINGS


Family Tree, 33 x 19 inches, oil on panel completed 2015


 Still Life, 16 x 20" oil on panel, completed 2015



Portrait of a Chair, 16 x 21, oil on panel, completed 2015







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Thursday, May 28, 2015

APRIL AFTERNOON, oil on board


April afternoon, oil on board, completed May 2015 24 x 24

Friday, May 1, 2015

Still Life in the Flemish Manner

I have been fascinated by the "more real than real" still life paintings of the early Dutch and Flemish masters so find it interesting to do painting in a layered style with glazing additions.  Here is a recent study, oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches, completed April 2015






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Saturday, January 17, 2015

NO EXIT


OIL  16 X 20"  2014-5

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Myth



A Myth.  Oil on Canvas, 35" by 50"  October 2014




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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ghosts....

16 X 20 OIL ON CANVASBOARD 2014
this will be exhibited and for sale at the EAFA 38TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION in Seattle, at the Seattle Design Center in November and December 2014.




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Monday, September 8, 2014

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

ALWAYS REBELLION

For a while I got caught up in trying to do things which would get in shows or would be sellable.

For an artist, this is the last thing you should do.  I am now "old" by many standards and dammit, I'm planning on doing what I'd like to have in my house and what really speaks to me, personally.  If I don't make a "series" so be it.

I am starting a new painting of the group of women in the room which I just did.  I am dissatisfied with the piece as it is.  I have repainted my large painting of the woman in the white dress with a black dress.  And I'm forgetting about "shows".  After all, I have gotten a fair amount of validation and this was an OBSTACLE rather than the impetus to go further.

I take Picasso as a model.  He did what he pleased and followed his instincts, no matter where they went.

The artist has to take risks.  I do not paint by a "method."  I do not paint fast as a rule.  I have chosen painting over other media at this point as the other media are too distracting.  I think again of what Edward Hopper said, that he paints, "without any funny stuff".  To stick to some sort of representational work makes it meaningful to me.

When I am doing something that really inspires, the work opens up and tells me a story, and after it's finished it seems a strange thing with even more stories to tell.

Note:  related to this brief comment is an earlier entry I made called DOING ART.  I reread it today and feel it explains my comments of today in a more detailed and complete way.











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Monday, July 14, 2014

PICNIC

25 x 21 1/2" framed,  completed 2014, oil on panel





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Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 2014 more recent work



SUNDAY EVENING, OIl on panel, 18 x 24  completed May 2014





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