8/3/09

THE EYES HAVE IT!

"What's your favorite flower?" Brenda asked this week in class. Though I never answered her, I might have said that a rose is my favorite, or a daffodil or an exquisite Hawaiian orchid or wisteria or, actually, anything in bloom.

Bwc (before watercolor) my passion was gardening, and I went all out, planting and caring for hundreds of perennials in our yard, along with a delicious assortment of unique dwarf conifers and shrubs. My favorites then were the tiny rock garden plants that just peeked up from under a boulder.

This rose painting was just a demo for a class back in the 90's, to help the artists see how to paint better. Undoubtedly, the most important thing we can use for painting is our eyes.

It's not that perfect color or a special magical brush or a unique technique or even a good teacher. It's our eyes.

SEEING, not just looking, but really observing, is what makes artists be able to interpret and convey what they experience. Toss in some good composition and design, along with accomplished technique, add to that a lifetime of experiences and emotions that are unique to each artist, and art that no one else has ever done can be created. SO much fun!

10 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

WOW! Love the sparkle and shine in this one and those dewdrops and the curled petals on the rose and... :)

meera said...

A beautiful painting and a wonderful write-up! Thanks for sharing.

Lin said...

SANDY -- THIS IS TRULY OUTSTANDING! I JUST LOVE THE GLOW OF THE ROSE!

Ann Buckner said...

Just beautiful, Sandy! More please?

Cindi said...

wow the reflections on this are absolutley stunning!!

Sandy said...

Wow, this is great. Love everything about it.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Art's sure about encouraging others, and your comments always encourage me. Thanks, everyone.

Dawn said...

this is so beautiful, perfect Sandy.
I posted a post for you today!

A Brush with Color said...

How beautiful! Just Luminous.

Teresa said...

So real Sandy. The drop of water, the rainbow of color in the reflection of the bowl. I should have asked for you to show me what you were painting. Look what I missed.