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  • Shari Graydon

    Beautifully explained (if not so always easy to achieve), and brilliantly modeled in your studio. As Mallarme said, “To paint not the thing, but the effect it produces.”

    October 12, 2011
  • Jay Zarkovacki

    Have you ever noticed an easier immersion into “the looking glass” as you paint with a partner? Someone to talk to — it keeps my mind from idleness, and I’m far from the temptation of those “sinful thoughts” you describe. If I’m deep in conversation I’m not thinking about individual strokes, I’m reacting. I suppose that talking occupies the mind and lets my eyes do their job.

    When I think about it, I realize the most memorable times painting are the times I have painted with others.

    Dancing, love-making, jazz — they’re not solitary activities. Our joy is in companionship and a mutual love for the activity — the activity binds two or more people into a closer relationship. But we do it because we love it, the relationship and the memorability come as a result.

    When I compare the times that I’ve painted with others to the times I paint alone I realize that painting alone is like dancing, making-love or playing jazz alone. Pretty lonely, and the best experience is not the result.

    Just a thought.

    October 18, 2011
    • Jerry Fresia

      Not for me. When I paint….my partner (dance, love, friend, or otherwise)…is the sensuality and energy of the light. I am fixated, drawn into just that energy. For me, another human being would be a distraction.

      October 18, 2011

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