Friday, May 15, 2015

Less is More

                       "Morning Harbor"   by Maine Artist, Carol Jessen

As artists, we sometimes seem to think that the more paint we spread on a piece of paper, the more saleable it will be.  In depicting this quiet harbor scene, though, I felt that I had to convey the serenity of the scene by limiting the number of "busy" areas in the painting.   This painting was all about the warmth of a quiet morning light, and the reflections in the still waters.

A big wash of mostly warm color suggested the sky and water in the scene.  Cluttering up the painting with more objects would have only destroyed that  calm feeling.  It's not about buying a painting for the amount of paint expended in creating the work;  it's about selectively leaving out anything that would destroy the mood.

No comments:

Post a Comment