By W. R. Jones
This painting has nothing to do with my bitching. I’m doing some studies of clouds and their interface with trees and how to handle it wet into wet or after letting the painting dry (the easiest way for me).
Here is a small quote by an artist in a magazine – “If I paint them in jeans and T-shirt the portrait becomes dated. If I can introduce a costume from the past, it becomes timeless.” Huh? So older clothes are not dated but timeless. Well take a look in my closet, pretty much all timeless.
This guy is too dumb to be giving advice. Here is another fragment from the same man – “The value of all of this information to the practicing artist is that it offers a clearer view of what the great masters might have been thinking as they developed their paintings.”
Mister, you have been looking through mud colored glasses all your life; forget about a clearer view.
This is wiffledust in its purest form. So you look at a painting and you can tell me what an artist was thinking? For example, a very fast loose brush stroke could imply he had to pee. For a particular color he could have been thinking that mountain is really not that purple but I’ve got that purple velour sofa to coordinate. For a value – it is quite bright in that corner but that woman is ugly, too late to get another model, OK, I just put everything in shadow. Grass – I don’t have quite the shade of green I need here, how ’bout I make the grass a little brown and add a patch of snow.
NOTE BENE: Unless the painter tells you point blank what he is/was thinking, you don’t have a clue.