“Winter Field” was named an administrator’s weekly choice for a group I belong to. The upload and comments can be read here. Frankly, I was quite flattered as I am not all that good at painting having pursued the hobby to learn more to enhance my photography. I must admit though that I do like the way I can organize the composition of a painting which is often difficult if not impossible to do in a photograph, especially landscapes which I enjoy. At the moment I’m trying to learn to use acrylics but am having a tough time understanding how to mix for the color I want. It always comes out too intense (oversaturated is the term I would use if it were a photograph). I feel like Thomas Edison, I keep learning procedures and processes that don’t work.
Lots of lessons lately, or maybe understanding is a better word. In creating this image I began to think about the difference between art and craft again. For me, and I realize all these concepts are personal rather than general, art is the conceptualization while craft is the skill with which the concept is implemented in the chosen medium.
Now thinking that brought me back to a couple of my original reasons for starting this blog — improving photography and discussing my work in videography. I have perhaps surprised myself in realizing that to create the “mood” or “reaction” I hope to achieve, I need to choose the medium (photo, video, watercolor, acrylics, and so on) with as much care as anything else.
For example is you check out my Payne’s Prairie Foal image I found it could only work as a photograph to convey the “mood” I was after. On the other hand, the photo I took of the Amelia Island Lighthouse, which is somewhat off the beaten path and not where a vista with water can be approached, seemed to cry out for watercolor.
I have been trying to zero in a bit on what drives my decision concerning whether I should publish an image as a photograph or as a painting. When I did this one I at least got one clue. The painting is very close to the actual photograph but by rendering it as a painting I was able to declutter some of the vegetation and to slightly enlarge the sabal palm which is the main subject. But indeed as I wrote in the description this image caught my eye as we were walking between two points when visiting the preserve. The full resolution image is here.
Well, I still haven’t returned to a whole lot of photography, but I did recently create a pretty decent video summarizing some of my talents’ work in teaching Rumba (they took a couple of years off to recuperate). During those years I dabbled off into painting. This is my latest watercolor — my impression of the visitors center at the [Carl] Sandburg Estate [the American poet] in Flat Rock North Carolina.
For the moment, I am continuing in the painting medium with perhaps a chance to return to photography later (my test shots recently have been very different and concentrate on light more than ever).
Just finished another mixed media, mostly watercolor. Pleased with the rendering of the background trees; pleased with the rendition of the really unkempt look of the boat; OK with the reflections in the water. Really upset with the booms and rigging and will not use black ink should I do another of these. This image was based on a photo I had taken during a visit to Amelia Island Florida.
I continue to keep at the watercolor work, although for those that have followed my journey I have some ideas for photographs — just waiting for the right light conditions to proceed on that front. The two of an old Spanish mission were pretty much learning pieces, but I did move the Old Glory painting to my art link here. The Spanish mission pieces, which are posted on my FB timeline were about testing mixed media and a bunch of other things. Anyway – here they are.