Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Work From Home

The price of gas being what it is, and what it's likely to be in the future, it's a good thing you don't need to drive anywhere to go painting.

The Guerrilla Painter is especially adept at making paintings out of the simplest things. Once he painted a salt block. Once, we were driving home from California and we stopped just east of Sacramento to paint. I thought, "There's nothing here...There's a dirt road, some telephone poles...what's to paint?" His painting turned out beautifully, lots of depth & texture.

Maybe there's nothing around except trees. Try to use them in a composition that has rhythm & life, in a relationship you've never seen before. It's like what the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance told his writing students. What makes this thing unique? Part of what makes it unique is your point of view, your vision.

Think globally, paint locally.


Nancy Bea Miller said...

Great line "Think globally, paint locally!" (Nice painting too.)

lady guerrilla painter said...

Thanks, Nancy!
That's my husband's painting. I don't know how he does it; he can turn anything into a painting. It's like alchemy, turning the "lead" of everyday scenes into the "gold" of color, contrast, texture & a dramatic composition.

Keni said...

I agree that art is all around us. I hated to look at my neighbor's garage with shingles missing and big holes in the roof. Then I painted it. The garage is still ugly, but now see it differently.

lady guerrilla painter said...

Hi Keni,
Wow, I never would have thought of it that way. That's great.
Very nice blog.