Continuing my research into style I wanted to explore the artist’s eye. It stands to reason that styles are different because what we see is different.
The Masters see the world differently than most. There are scientific reasons for this: stereoblindness (wall-eyed), divergent thinking, non-attentional blindness and a few others. But what makes them Masters is that they are open to this. As Picasso said, “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.” They seem to have understood that divergent thinking can be a powerful tool. By noticing things others don’t have time to see they can jar us out of our habit of seeing what our brain tell us we see.
My college professors would tell us not to identify the object, instead look at the entire scene: lines, shadows, shapes and contours. They would also have us close our dominant eye before beginning a drawing. These are ways to see the world as it is, not as our brain tells us it is. I wish I had understood their importance and had continued using them all these years.
I watch artists’ videos, high speed demos, their progress shots and marvel at what they are able to create. I love the idea of several artists painting from the same reference, you would end up with several extremely different approaches, processes and finished paintings. It is how they see the the subject matter and their style working together that makes their art their own.
One study for a larger painting I want to work on.
This beauty sits against the wall in my studio everyday just waiting.
Pulled this guy off of pexels.com and used a grid. Using someone I didn’t know made this less precious to paint, and the grid definitely helped keep his features where they were supposed to be. I am not sure that if you knew him you would recognize him here, but good practice and I have more ready to go.
After I painted him, I drew him without a grid. I was pleased with this rendering.
This is what happens after spending a day at MoMA! Looking at the world a little differently.
Feels good to be back at the easel! Some weeks are just going to be like that I guess!