Experience: To See Or To Feel

My recent painting, Evening In The Sky, got me thinking about what it is I’m trying to do with painting in general, with my art. I know it’s impossible to recreate nature on canvas, that experience reigns supreme over imitation. Manet said it too, that ours are feeble attempts. Painting is a humbling thing to do. It makes me realize exactly who is the master and who is the student.

Evening In The Sky by MTMcClanahan

These thoughts lead me to the conclusion that what I’m really trying to do with images on canvas is represent feelings about the subject–what the image evokes from within me.

In other words, my aim is to find out what my experience of nature is bringing to the surface of my psyche. It is this, the feelings welling up in me, that become the painting. It is these feelings that move the brush, apply the paint, form the composition.


MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at mtmcclanahan.com.

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  1. elenaslc9 says:

    Beautiful painting! All about feeling and emotions of your generous soul! I guess, I can feel this… evening… sky… just a very little sun light, wind, the clouds blowing of the wind… getting dark. Amazing expression of the fillings, amazing story.
    You are always inspire me in my creative process, Marcus!
    You are like a generator of new brilliant ideas for all the artists.
    Thank you for share you filling with us!

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