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MATCHING SCENE TO PAINTING

 

I often take a picture with my cellphone of the view I'm trying to paint.  Initially this was with the aim of being able to refer to it if I had to work on it at home.  However, that quickly proved to be useless.  What my cellphone camera can record is but a small fraction of what the my eye, most any eye, can see.  The colours are always off (in the photo!) and the sky is always blanched out.  However, I do think its interesting to see them side by side. 

What I think it betrays, besides my impatience with desiduous trees and refusal to include man-made structures if I can help it, is that my painting is not an image of a bunch of objects unified in a moment of time.  The paintings, rather, are an image of how I was relating to my environment, on that particular day.  The paintings show what I saw and what I felt, and how I felt, standing there, for several hours, responding to the vision before me.  When you stand still in nature, you realize that everything around you is moving - with the wind, shifting weights, birds, animals, bugs are all part of the community of life you're a part of.  I try to convey the motion, the life, and do not shy away from betraying emotion.  A moment of life is a painting, a photograph is just a sneeze in time.

N.B - MOST OF THESE PHOTOS were taken when I had an inferior camera.  I will update when I can. - MT, Sept 13, 2013.








Dancing Tree

























For this one, I did the water as soon as I got there - but only got to the sand much later, when the tide had gone out.  You can see a lot more rock in the photo, taken just before I left.











I still need to get a decent photo of this painting. This one is off.























(I deliberatley left out the farmhouse)








































I think I took this photo when I decided on the subject - but it had gotten late, dusk, by the time I finished - which is why the painting is so much bluer.














This was taken earlier in the day - the painting was done mid - late afternoon, when the sun dapples the path, and the contrast and colours are stronger than they appear in this photo.