Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The "Nothing New Under the Sun" Problem
This subject has been done, done some more, and probably over-done. So how can I make it "fresh?" Or is that even possible? I suppose I'm more aware of this issue than I would ordinarily be because I'm painting pieces for my next - and hopefully finally successful - application to the Society of Animal Artists. Each piece must be the best I can do and the best I can do shouldn't include cliches.
So I have had real doubts about this subject. My hope is that once I emotionally connect with these little guys the connection will come through and make the painting special. The trouble is that with most other subjects I've felt connected before I started painting.
What to do? What can I do but plunge ahead?
By the way, I've used my Faber-Castell Polychromos pastels in this first stage and I really like them. They're hard, like NuPastel, but there are more colors and once I break through the varnish skin on them they lay down the pigment beautifully.