You know how you go to these art exhibits (particularly some of the more abstract stuff) and you think, "I could do that." And, "Why the heck is this $5000??" Or, again, is that just me? Because I am cheap. And apparently, artistically arrogant.
Then you go home and pull out your cheapie craft store paints and discover: IT IS NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS! Whyyy gaaahhd whyyy?????
Anyway, I have learned a few things:
- Nice paints are expensive. Like, the tinest little tube of ONE color of watercolors is $7 minimum. And that is not even the fancy stuff. Luckily for me, this little tube should last me forever, as I work on a very small scale and use about 3 milligrams of paint per image. Don't even get me started on oil paints. Now when I am at a museum all I can see are the dollar signs. "Wow, he really went for it with the Alizarin Crimson. Lordy, there must be $300 of paint in that one corner alone." It makes for a really inspiring viewing.
- Paining abstracts is ridiculously hard. I mean, yes, any fool can slap some paint on a canvas, but to make it look good is quite another thing. Michelle Armas is a person who does this incredibly well. Here is her work site and here is her blog. I am proud to say I have been following her forever (she lives in Georgia, y'all!) and her career seems to have really exploded. Yay.
Sigh. So pretty. All of her paintings feel like a new world that I could just fall into and explore forever. I dream of excellence like this. One baby step at a time....