Painting or drawing – be it on paper, canvas or walls just doesn’t interest me.
Colouring in didn’t appeal as a child and I’ve never considered it as an adult.
It’s just one of those crafts I’ve never been drawn to.
Art classes at school were a disaster
‘What do you think of when you hear the wind blowing Catherine?
’My mother yelling at me to make sure the clothes are pegged on the line securely’.
‘What about leaves blowing about – maybe you could work with that idea’
It’s a shame my splashes of red and orange all over the paper weren’t appreciated. The art mistress wanted actual leaves not my interpretation.
However, because of all the preparations (or as someone once described to me as the ‘rigmarole’) connected with knitting- selecting patterns, choosing colours, deciding which sizes I’ll make, knitting swatches (little samples to check gauge) making copious notes on bits of paper….I do acknowledge how much ‘thought and effort’ artists put into their works.
I’ll admit there are times when, a bit like book genres some styles of art don’t always appeal to me….. but I’ll have a look, trying to find something I like in it…and always end up wondering what was going on in the artist’s mind at the time.
Where does any artist’s inspiration come from – how do they go about transferring an idea into reality
Two years ago the NGV had an exhibition of Hans and Norah Heysen’s works.
(Father and daughter).
Two generations of Australian art
Along with many different examples of their paintings there were these pieces
which show/explain part of the process of producing a ‘work of art’.
I was intrigued and spent
time a lot of time
moving backwards and forwards between each one
The actual painting.
Approaching storm with bushfire haze
Then alongside it is this – a study taken of the actual painting.
dated the year after
(sorry about the strange angle)
It was a similar process for his well known work ‘The three gums’
The beginning of an idea and the execution
And just because….here’s my favourite of the day
Droving into the light
With a ‘closeup’ of the drover
Unfortunately some things don’t photograph well
These ‘will enlarge’ so you are able to see more clearly
Hope you enjoy them
Joining EC and others for this week’s Sunday Selections
Sharing your photos…old and new.
Why don’t you join us one Sunday!