After painting for many years, one day in a open studio session I realized something, something big. I didn’t have to paint what I was looking at. I had options. I could leave something out, add something, make something smaller or bigger, change the colors. In short, get away from a literal representation of the subject.
Why would someone want to do that?
- Very few subjects live or in a photo have all the qualities of a good painting. After all life, a photograph and a painting are three totally different things.
- I have something personal to express about the subject, different from what you have, because you and I and the next person have a totally different set of experiences. This is when it really gets fun!
Here is the original subject, in an open studio session. It was a nice scene but at this point I wasn’t sure what I felt about it.
So at this point I liked some of the color relationships that were happening. I went on to spend about five hours on this pose, than I finally realized who she was . . .or rather who I wanted her to be.
Pushing and pulling different areas brought out what I wanted to say about her. Getting away from literal is one of the greatest freedoms of painting.