Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Artist' Prerogative

"It is the artist's prerogative to 
reveal the beauty of common things...
...He can  either be a mere recorder, or a prophet of the beautiful...
it is this deep sincerity, this deep appreciation of things that makes [a] picture great and causes us to feel, when we behold it,  that we have thought and felt that way all our lives." 

 That was the genius John F. Carlson, sharing a philosophy that is a guiding light to me.  As a painter I hope to bring some insight, some beauty, or identify the profound,  beyond the documentation of a subject. All that being said,  with great reverence for  the impressionist,  my painting wanders from impressionism toward realism.

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