Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Last Night's art experience

It didn't snow today or even yesterday, it's actually getting warmer for now. But last night I worked on this image, which I had taken at the last snow fall.

I like photography, and I like painting, and I like taking my photographs and manipulating them. So this is an image, it's not a photo anymore. It looks like a painting, but it's not.

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I like the colors and the shapes and the lines and the textures on this. That's why I like it. I also like the way it moves.
I don't know if it qualifies as good, but in my own little art world, I'm going to not think about whether something is good or not, I'm only going to think about whether or not I like it. And I've decided that I do like this one.

Do you?

You don't have to. The other thing that I've decided in my own little happy art world is that art is personal, so you don't have to like it, and I won't mind.

On the other hand, if you have ideas of things that you think would be really good -- like maybe you think it would be an even better image if it was darker, or lighter, or something -- please say so. I'm interested in constructive criticism. That doesn't mean that I'm going to change what I've done, but it might lead me to do another one, maybe in a slightly different way. So feel free to be honest! If it doesn't interest you at all, and it's just not your kind of thing, that's fine too.

Do you remember that painter who used to appear on a PBS show -- Ross something? He was so soothing. He would practically whisper, as he painted, "Yes, here in our happy little forest, I think maybe we should have a nice little tree." I've gotta post a video of him on here soon, if I can find one. Well, I'm going to live in his happy little world of art. It seems like a lovely place.


GEM said...

The image is beautiful, but I want spring!!!!

jozien said...

I like it too! And i also like the new photo of you and the words that go with it.
For the snow picture (you asked!)
I would cut off a little slice at the bottom of the picture.

Sue said...

Gemmie -- Me too! But for right now, I haven't found any. As soon as I do, I'll post it!

Jozien -- Thank you! (And thank my father, because I have his eyes I think.)

And yes, I do want suggestions of what other people would do. Doesn't mean I'm changing what I've done already, just that I want to compare notes, and maybe I'll grow and learn more that way. Keep commenting!

pink dogwood said...

I remember that artist on PBS - I think this is who you are talking about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Joy_of_Painting

I like this image that you have created - I love the way the fence looks.

Seraphine said...

it's beautiful.
the main thing is you feel good about it. the creative process is such a wonderment. it's about finding beauty in yourself.
really, it doesn't matter if anyone else likes it, in that sense. of course, we all seek validation and wish to be appreciated, so feedback is important.
sometimes, we see ourselves as others see us.
the most important thing is your inner eye and your inner health. being creative is like exercising the soul.
your art is beautiful.

Sue said...

Pink -- yes, that was definitely the guy, Bob Ross. I looked him up on Youtube and I got a bunch of funny videos that weren't really him.

Sera -- that's the whole thing I need to work on most of all, the seeing myself as an artist part.

Thank you both!

roller coaster teacher said...

I love it!!!

Netizen101 said...

Yes, art is very subjective and very personal. But, I do. I like what you did with the picture too. I think you are very creative, Sue.