A non-painter friend recently said that, when speaking to a particular artist about their landscape painting, he was puzzled and disappointed that the meaning and inspiration of a certain painting’s central glow, which looked like light on the horizon, was described in purely technical terms.
He was told
“That’s the paper showing. There is no paint there at all.” As a painter I can recognise this preoccupation as I take all the thoughts and emotional responses to absolutely anything and everything for granted – I am concentrating on how to put the paint onto the canvas. In the different sections of this website the practicalities will certainly figure as they are fascinating – at least to me they are!
But I shall also try to share what is always a bit of a surprise when I stand back and look long and hard and see that strange
‘Extra’ – the Expression