Monday, June 13, 2011

Me, Whimsical?

Having finished the dancers painting for the person interested in illustrations for their book,I emailed the image with fingers wimply crossed. Yes, I said wimp-ly. As in like a wimp. Should I have said sheepishly? Anyway, I was thinking it might not be to their liking with the "whimsy" word being tossed about.

Do I see my painting, or myself, as whimsical? I think not. My kids would say "Who, you? Uh, no." Those are smart, observant guys, those kids of mine. Yeah.

I think watercolor work is light and airy by nature of the medium. Would I call my handling of the medium melancholy? So I lean toward Prussian blue and alizarin crimson, are they sad, depressing colors? Not in my opinion.

I paint what I see generally. With photos I see too much. From life there's no time or room to see everything, which is what I like about painting from life. I am not sure it's even possible to use watercolors to capture a crowd of people dancing unless in abstract forms or quick gestures. Maybe that would have been a better way to go, but I needed a reference, hence the photo.

What can you do? Can you please everyone? No.

I will continue to stay positive, or invite the unwanted advances of Mr. Resistance. I decided the operative word was "Yes". I went with the flow. I tried my best with what I thought would be okay, and maybe not how I would have liked it to be.

After working from life going back to a photograph for guidance didn't feel exactly right. Being true to myself and my own objectives may be more important in the long run. Book deal or no book deal.

3 comments:

  1. Hope you get the response you want. Good luck!

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  2. I don't have a whimsical bone in me either. I took a whimsy class and lol none of my stuff had whimsey in it at all. None! I too need a reference. I see people drawing whimical things and I like them but I can't do them. Like you said, we do what we can; and people like what they like. Personally, I liked your painting and I hope he does too :)Connie waxbeachartist

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  3. Well I didn't get a favorable response, but it's all good. Art, liking certain art, is a matter of personal taste anyway, right?

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