Painting what 'could be'
At an Art Show this past July, a fellow artist (who was in the tent next to mine) and I were talking about the creative process. We talked about how we begin a new piece, and how we layout the subject.
About the subject- one of the things he said to me was: "Don't always just paint what it IS, paint what it COULD be."
This was simple, yet good advice. It was as if someone had officially reminded me to not just focus strictly on the technique and the details of the subject, but to allow my imagination and creativity continue being a steady influence on the artwork, too.
This can also apply to the way we live our lives, too. In other words, we shouldn't color within the lines all of the time. Knowing when and how to go outside of the lines is what makes each of us unique! - A
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A. E. West
Fine Artist with interests in Conservation, History and Nature paints subjects from coastal Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York.