Does your Life background Influence your Painting Syle?

Just thinking about this….Van Gogh of course…had major problems. If he didn’t, would he not have been as great as he was? I’m thinking no.

MILLIONS of people have problems and doesn’t mean people like this will produce great work automatically.

Off top of my head…John Lennon of the Beatles had big personal problems (witnessed his mother get killed by a car (off duty policeman). when he was very young.

I kow for a fact, it disturbed him emmensly throughout life….Childhood trauma, etc…wonder if it contributes to the uniqueness of a person’s painting style?

Issac Newton..major depression.

Earnest Hemingway…same.

At least it’s good know it’s a possiblity. Me? major…

And i am sure it pushes a person to be great because he or she knows she or he is different than others because of those demons. But it’s very hard to demand of yourself like that. I painted today and I’ll pay for it the next few days….always a repercussion. Have to learn to bend and back off when it’s called for.

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More Thoughts

Ok, I hope everyone can see this new post…

I was thinking on how I research constantly blah blah..and how it can be detrimental to the real time painting process because it become restricting. Why? It’s like some huge massive math equation..if a number is missing, the equation doesnt’ work. I feel if I’m excluding something or things…it won’t “work as a painting. But many artists exclude these principles…that’s why I love Gaughan….simple. He didn’t add blue to shadows because it contained reflected sky light (well possibly a little), but many principles..no.   Just instinctive judgement. “Principles and techniques” are logic and they really restrict the artistic freedom and using your personal judgement or “taste” WHILE painting in real time. The create worry!

Old Ones

Many of my paintings have been altered slightly since I photographed them. I do that alot. After I take a photo, i usually end up sooner, or…much later..up to months….doing a few more touches on them. So, it’s hard to keep up re-photographing all of them individually.