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For a painter these days, interpretation has become more important than observation. With the almost universal advent of mobile phone technology, anyone can take a photo and every detail is captured in its entirety. So, I must take a different approach to my work.
Many years ago, artists could concentrate on the details and their work became an important record of how things were. They also provided a visual reference for the vast majority of people at the time. A good example is the set of paintings that J.M.W. Turner did on his travels to Venice. His paintings influenced the way most people thought about Venice and how it looked. As hardly any of them would ever get the chance to visit Venice themselves it was immaterial that Turner’s scenes never actually existed. Turner was first and foremost an artist and he manipulated the real locations to make his paintings. However, he did get the details right and, of course, was a master at capturing the light.
Today even if can’t ever get to Venice, with one click on Google, you can see it in all its glory. Or anywhere else for that matter.
A week ago, I went with Merice on the ‘Snowdrop Walk’ at Thorpe Hall near Rudston. We had been promising to go for a few years and eventually made it. It was a beautiful early Spring afternoon – cold but bright with billowing clouds. The walk was well worth the visit, but this was the scene that captured my imagination. The recent rain had swelled Gypsy Race and created a lovely wetland landscape near its banks. The scene was much more complicated than the painting, so I ‘interpreted’ it. I used five colours and concentrated on the composition and reflections. Observation was still important to capture the impression of the location that had so inspired me.
March 6th, 2020
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