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"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist." - John Singer Sargent

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The chicken or the egg? Happy Easter btw.

Here's something I struggle with every time I paint.... am I really painting for myself or for others? Who can be singular?
When I plan a thought, set up a still life, pick the right the colors, composition, etc,... I guess its my own personal tastes and what I have acquired from my education but in the end product, I want others to relate to my painting. I want them to take something from them. If I painted a canvas just red, what can they take away but the color red or maybe anger? If I painted a city, perhaps they can take with them a window, a building, the green grass, a memory? Is less more? Or more more? Do we limit what we paint so that viewers can only take what we give them?
Ive noticed nowadays the little voice inside my head that says, "If you put this down, or add this here, viewers will love it!", Get this ego out my head please!
I constantly ask myself whether I choose to paint with my head or my heart. Can't I paint with both? You cant have one without the other...

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