Should I Continue: Does Potential Matter?
These three paintings come from M.S. As someone who studied architecture and came back to painting mid life, she wonders if her work has sufficient potential to warrant her continuing to paint.
Okay, I’ll tackle the question at-hand first–“Should I Continue?” Answer, yes, you should continue. You see, I don’t think that should even be a question based on the work. It should be based on your impulse. Do you want to paint? If yes, then paint.
Now if it’s a question of whether you can sell your work and make a living from it, that is a question that only time can answer. It was the question I struggled with early on. But I always did art regardless.
Your architectural background shows in your understanding of perspective and depth. You also demonstrate a visual understanding of form. So your strength at this point is in drawing. And you cover the entire picture plane–the start of composition.
- Put more emphasis in your studies to value relationships as a whole. Start with 3 or 4 large compositional shapes that cover the picture plane, and then break these down further as you go, until you get to the image you are after. Because, after all, everything is an element of art–there are no “things” on a canvas, only painted shapes with certain kinds of edges. Image 2 probably comes the closest to a coherent composition.
- I think you can catapult your work to the next level if you will begin to see your painting as color and value relationships first and foremost. This doesn’t mean you are not affected by the subject matter, only that you are creating a composition and it must live by the meager visual means available to each artist.
- I would recommend attending plein air workshops and reading , what I call, the three “H’s”–Henri, Hawthorne and Hensche. And of course, as always, work continuously.