Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Jimmy Longacre_subjective realist landscape paintings_ROSEBUD COVE

If painting were easy, everyone would paint well.  But painting frequently leads to a crisis of despair.  How we get past those crises, determines our growth.  A painter's job involves distilling an essence of the subject as we hope to portray it.  It requires a conscious editing, and arrangement of all that is before us. One thing must dominate, while everything else must play a supporting roll.  You can't do everything that appears beautiful, …the roots, the rocks, the reflections, the foliage, etc.  Having identified the one thing, we're then in a position to design a painting according to purpose, and this is totally different than the laborious effort to transcribe what you see.  The fun comes from your own invention as you respond to how you can radically simplify everything in order to bring harmony to emphasizing the one thing that has moved you to paint.  

©Jimmy Longacre 2014
8x10 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective impressionist landscape paintings


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