Friday

Cape Enrage II




16" x 16" Oil on gallery-wrapped Canvas Available

This is a different painting of Cape Enrage. You can see the other painting immediately below. You can also see the obvious differences between the two. Though I used the exact same angle and perspective of the cliffs, trees, ocean, and distance, the color scheme of the foreground is radically different. One is muted, whereas the other has a vibrant cliff and beach area, along with the trees on top.

2 comments:

dberube-art said...

I honestly learned more from reading your 1 post than I did from years of "Oil Painting" classes in college.

How much do I owe you?

John Ackerson said...

You're too kind dberube-art!

There was an interesting debate recently on our national news, both on radio, and TV regarding one of Canada's most well known wildlife artists - Robert Bateman.

As I remember, it began with a retrospective of his art, and the question arose why his work didn't merit the acclaim of many, established art critics.

Now, as one artist regarding another artist's work, I applaud Bateman's incredible work ethic, and self-actualized journey over the years. He is without doubt a serious, and skilled craftsperson with a near perfect eye in rendering realism in painting, and will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy one way or another.

But, during a call-in show on "Cross Country Checkup" with host Rex Murphy, someone pointed out that Bateman was more a great technician, rather an artist who is trueally capable of sharing a unique, or emotional vision, and/or imagination. So, in other words, Bateman's work left them cold.

I can understand this sentiment, but I still have to admire Bateman and his work all the same.

On the other hand, I wouldn't personally want to paint in that fashion. It would be too premeditated of a process - no room to allow for a more subconscious realm of existentialism to be enjoyed while working, or for those viewers that need to share in this experience when they're regarding art.