On Being Illustrative and Picture Cropping



I started this painting in October of 2007 - this is the one based on Psalm 126. I've written about it before. It has a few things that work and many things that don't. I may just leave it as it is, anyway, or I may repaint sections or I may prime over the whole thing and begin a new painting. When I was in art school, sometimes a teacher would say, "Your work is very illustrative." It was not a compliment. But my brain works in an illustrative way, so that is that. Sometimes when I have a painting that is okay but not wonderful, I like to take pictures of it and crop the painting into sections. You can discover ideas for new paintings that way:







3 comments:

  1. I was never 'painterly' enough for my teachers either . This is so interesting. I do the same thing. There are paintings within paintings !

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  2. your painting is very illustrative and I mean that as a complement. Love this one, Dix. And I agree with Sandy above me. There are paintings within paintings.
    Keep dancing to the music in your head.
    Blondie

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  3. PLEASE DO NOT PAINT OVER THAT!! THE SECOND I SAW IT I CHECKED TO SEE IF YOU HAD IT ON EBAY...then I went back and read your blog...I am just drawn to your paintings my friend.

    I have had "go to Dixie's blog" on my mental to-do list for some days now..but we have been muy busi-oso...I wanted to comment on your sweet entry about my paintings and have not taken the time to do so.

    I even had this weird idea that you and I could record music together. I am a singer song-writer (write mostly about Jesus) and I am moving into a house with really great accustics that inspire me to sing...I have been thinking that I would get into recording in my art studio even with a cam-cord or some little hand held device...Then, I was thinking how you wrote that you sing back-up in the car...

    Anyways, just sharing my train of thought with you.

    Hope you are well. Keep up the painting.

    Love, Jane

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