I came across a 2013 edition of Art Pulse Magazine, based out of Miami, someone left at my school. I had just spoken to a fellow artist telling her that I felt Miami was a good place for the kind of abstract art she makes so it was just fun to find this magazine the same day. Of course, intrigued, I read an article in it and I fell in love with what it had to say about painting and painters so I’d like to share some quotes with you.
Over the past several years I’ve really backed away from the multitudes of artistic endeavors and mediums I’ve tried in favor of painting. I had always been intimidated by painting more than drawing and now that has changed to the opposite. It took a long time to see that painting was so much more open as an artist medium than the drawings and pastels that kept me rather unhappy of my art skills, which could have been greatly improved with just a few art classes in hindsight (of course).
One should always continue to draw if one genuinely wants to improve art skills. It’s like the technical exercise for the eye and hand, the blueprint with measurements and angles and proportions kept in check. Painting, however, is more like dancing with colors. It’s just as tricky and can be technical but painting allows greater room for error… and since life demands so much of us by way of performance, painting is the perfect challenge and the perfect happy place within that challenge. For me, it’s the only square I fit into because the rules are clear and the creation freedom between the boundaries is endless.
Quotes from ARTPULSE Vol.5, No.17 “Painting pros and cons: a conversation between Laurie Fendrich and Peter Plagens” 2013 pg 32-35., and without intent, all those quotes which moved me were spoken by Fendrich.
1) “…painting possesses a staying power unlike that of any other art form. Because painting is motionless in an age where we see everything continuously changing, in a metaphorical sense, it reminds us of permanence…” LF
2) “ It’s deeply satisfying to build a painting from the ground up , and to see the trace bits of evidence of all the steps it took to get to that final picture. On the other hand, herding cats is a breeze compared to controlling paint and color, and the act of painting is as frustrating as it is fun. In a way, painting is nothing but a series of mistakes each one a correction of the previous one. You don’t’ get this in a photograph, an installation or a computer-generated image.” LF
3) “We paint because painting remains the sole art form able to express human yearning for material objects to transcend they physicality.” LF
4) “A better analogy…is to look at the way painting resembles a game, where play is possible only if one abides by certain rules. The rules of painting aren’t written in stone, obviously, but they include such things as staying within the bounds of the rectangle and its flat surface, pushing colored pigments around with some specifically designed painting tools, exploring color depth and relativity, and producing a unique work of art that is supposed to hang on a wall. While all this strikes non-painters as anachronistic, quaint, arbitrary and limiting, the rules are what make painting so durable.” LF
5) “But to glean delight and meaning from a painting doesn’t mean that all paintings, to be good or even great, must deliver the profound meaning…Making a painting that’s arresting in an intriguing way is hard enough. To paint requires talent, patience and perseverance, and to appreciate it requires standing still and looking hard – not exactly hallmarks of our democratic age.” LF