|"The Rules of Painting" 4' h x 5' w - oil and marker on canvas|
So, perhaps it's still a little of Artist Michael Fullerton's humor still lingering, but I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if I created a painting (and still focusing on the methodology of painting not caring about subject matter) and tried to intentionally break all the rules that have been so firmly ingrained. What if I culled through old notebooks and wrote down the notes of the "rules of traditional painting". What would happen if I took each one and broke it. It might turn out. It also might be a big piece of junk. But, at least I know that if it is junk, I'll just paint over it later.
Here are some quotes from notebooks from all sorts of teachers. Some are from my days at the atelier and some are from Boston and some are from colleagues and some are my very own quotes that I tell my students. In essence, I am taking my entire painting experience and quotes and sorting them all out and writing them onto the canvas. I then start to paint over them. Really there are no rules anyways, just tools. Simple tools to help an artist get better, but not hard fast rules.
|In Process - A little over 4 feet long by 3 feet high for now.|
I just wrapped the canvas around some plywood
so maybe it will be longer.
Hmmm...that leads to the next question: Why are we as artists such a serious bunch anyways? Don't pretend to not know what I am talking about. We have all been to the art openings. Sure many great artists are wonderful and humble folks but there are those other artists. You know who I am talking about. We have all seen the serious artist floating around the room, wine in one hand, pontificating about how profound they are while wearing tight fitting black turtlenecks, little rimmed glasses and a haircut that would make Vidal Sassoon take notice.
If I ever become that pretentious artist, slap me in the face. But after you've rattled me back to my senses, you owe me a drink. After all, you just spilled my wine all over the floor.
|When asked about glazing - David Leffel grinned and said jokingly|
"Why don't You just paint it right the first time?"
Look, I love glazes but that quote still just cracks me up.