Passions of an Odd Chick

Monday, February 23, 2009

Interpretive Painting






Yesterday, Sweet Farmer and I had a good day. We went to church, out to eat, and then out to watch some mounted shooting competition. I had my camera and caught this photo of a friend.


So today I wanted to interpret the photo. This is a hard concept to get across to my family and friends who are mostly non-painters (you notice I didn't say non-artists) They are impressed when you perfectly draw a photograph. But then why did you need the painting if you had the photograph I ask?



Anywhooo..I'm trying to paint what's in my head regardless of the critics or admirers around me and that's not always easy - just to go to that place...alone....undaunted.....with a raw drive to create my own art.



So, it starts in my art journal. Then I take it to Flickr and manipulate it. How can I improve on this design? What does it lack? And in the process I learn things about design, color, softening edges, adding wavy lines that increase my appeal toward the image because I have no real art education, no mentors (other than my blogging friends) and basically, don't know how to get to where I want to go. But nothing will stop me. It is my photograph, my art, my designing process and there is no failure in finding my own expression. The art will most likely end up in my own home. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
And now, I can see the painting on a huge canvas, in acrylic, over my bed- with little adjustments here and there. That is interpretive art as far as an odd chick knows it....today.





11 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh cool....yes, non painting people cant see why you would not want to paint a photo...I say thats what cameras are for.

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

ok i love it.

and i'm going out on a limb with my interpretation...obviously a beautiful horse...but my eye see's a bigger horse outside of the little one....a guardian....

i'm kooky that way.....

Kimmie said...

I see the guardian horse too! That's really cool ... I love both the original painting and the photo-shop one .... way more electric and exciting than the ordinary photo ...

Odd Chick said...

I love that my viewers have seen the "other" horse. I can see it now too, and may incorporate it in the improved version. THANKS!

Paula Villanova said...

This might make a nice stained glass window!

Cynthia said...

Interesting process...I think it's wonderful to experiment and come up with new ways to express yourself. Beautiful colour and intensity. <3

Michelle Burnett said...

Wow, what a wonderful painting...Love it!

Jude said...

Thank you for visiting.That is a beautiful painting.

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

you pretty much rock the face off the planet lady.

just thought you might want to know that.

linda said...

did you know(embarrassing fact) I did not realize that the picture on the bottom was the painting in the middle!!! very beautiful!

xo

Steve Emery said...

I REALLY like this one. This is my kinda thing. And I like the further electronic manipulation of it, too. But I like the original painting best. Especially the red!

I like the way you didn't tie yourself down with the photo too much, you just riffed on it.

This might be my favorite thing of yours so far. Beautiful. It would be beautiful larger, too.