Monday, March 29, 2010

Tulip Surprise

After adding a nice brown ink outline around the main parts of the picture and deepening a few more shadows, I felt the picture was still too white overall.  So I lightly painted in floor boards in a warm brown.  Then I brushed in a pale, washed-out blue onto the wall behind my subjects.  I left the mountains and hills in the background without an outline to make them seem more distant.  I think this paintings says, "SPRING!" and therefore, I consider it a success.

There is much discussion about painters vs. illustrators, and are illustrators true artists or does that title only apply to those who adhere to some purist sense of  the word?  I've dealt with this question all my life and I've seen a lot of methods and styles come and go in popularity.  Because N. C. Wyeth was chiefly an illustrator, does that make him less of an artist?  Because Monet was chiefly a painter, does that mean his work is more relevant than Fredric Remington's?  The wonderful thing about art is, there is room for everyone and everything.  From crayons to digital media, it's all creative.  God made us all in His image.  My art may be quite illustrative, but if it emulates the One who designed me to be who I am, I'm happy with that.  In the words of the famous runner and missionary, Eric Liddell, whose biography inspired the movie, Chariots of Fire, "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."
I believe God created me with a whimsical nature that expresses itself in many ways, one of them being my artwork.  And when I create in that way, I feel His pleasure. 
Happy Spring to all of you from Singing Creek Studio!

1 comment:

  1. This is great - you are a very talented artist.