“There is a constant exchange of emotion between us, between the three of us; the artist I need never meet, the painting in its own right, and me, the one who loves it and can no longer live independent of it. The triangle of exchange alters, is fluid, is subtle, is profound and is one of those unverifiable facts that anyone who cares for painting soon discovers? The totality of the picture comments on the totality of what I am.”
Jeanette Winterson, Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery, quoted on Brainpickings
5 Replies to “Monday Motivator: The Constant Exchange”
Wow! She can really capture something you never knew you knew, can’t she?
aye, well articulated. for me i try to finish with a “thank you”- and usually leave an oops somewhere, infintesimal as maybe only i perceive (sometimes), so as not to assume perfection.
Far better to leave something a little unfinished (to my eye) than overworking it!
Absolutely true. We know it’s true but rarely think about it while working on a painting, our emotions go on canvas to draw someone’s eye, and hopefully they purchase a part of us……
It’s one of the reasons I find it so interesting hearing what someone sees in one of my paintings, or what first caught their attention, because it’s so often so different from my view.