Thursday, January 23, 2020

"Is not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

I seem to paint a lot of bottles. A friend recently asked me why? I see a still life as a visual meditation, and glass can be a mental challenge in that you must decide what is effective and what is not in explaining the image.  It is walking an edge of what is optical information (that what we see) and conceptual information (that what we know) to express form and imagery. 

The simpler explanation is that old glass bottles are cool.

Marbles with Bottles, oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches, Jim Serrett

"Is not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." -- Henry David Thoreau

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  1. Maravilhosa pintura , real !!! Perfeita , parabéns! Jane sorgetz

  2. There's a famous Canadian realist painter, Mary Pratt (just passed away not too long ago) who loved the complexity of painting glass and other clear objects. I saw an exhibition of hers involving gorgeous paintings of plastic wrap! It was stunning.

    1. I looked up her work. Interesting stuff 🎨 would like to see it in the real.