When I go through a museum I am looking at the art with different views. I look for things as a teacher, what would be a good example of a specific technique? I look at pastels to share this medium that has been used for so many years and is still so beautiful. I look at prints and drawings, just because they are still one of my favorites. I love the nature of the simple line, the elegance of it, nothing to hide behind, just pure skill in the drawn image. Printmaking has that same feel for me, Something in the linear, attracts me, plus the lack of color or limited palette pulls me closer to look at what may not be seen from a distance.
Rick ask me about inspiration from what I viewed. I do get inspired to paint but not necessarily to try to paint as these masters have done but the energy that it gives me just to keep painting. As I looked at the works, my technique is nothing new, they were using pastels, charcoals and oils hundreds of years ago. I can only take these technical ideas of mine and create the images that please me and hope that you enjoy them too.
Here are a few images that I enjoyed from the Met.
|Degas pastel 1854 - 1917|
Conte crayon drawing technique
|Turner, oil painting, abstraction of form through day light, evening light and/or fog is what draws me to his works|