Saturday, August 21, 2010

The kind of work I want to make

When we set about learning to paint or draw, what are we doing?

Are we trying to acquire techniques and tricks that will enable us to create convincing illusions?

Is learning about the colour wheel or how to apply a glaze, what making art is about?

Is making art about having good skills and good technique?

What do artists do to make paintings that we aspire to make?

Thomas Hoving describes a good work of art as one that amazes us in a different way each time that we look at it. He says, a good work of art grows in stature over the years and its visual impact of mysterious, pure power increases every day.
That is the kind of work that I want to make, and if you are like me, that is the kind of work you want to make too!


  1. Enjoyed your post Kerry.Loved Thomas Hoving's quote. In the National Gallery in London there are certain master pieces which do precisely that to me. It's true you can't produce art if you don't see the essence of things.There are some who paint the form without the essence - you can always see and sense it.

  2. Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Don.