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Monday Motivator: Question Your Brain

By December 10, 2012

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Painting Monday Motivator Quote
"You start to question your brain. Photography doesn't do that; it's so instant and so infinitely repeatable that the images are flying everywhere. You don't question the images in the same way."

"Art makes you question what's real and what's not..."

-- Contemporary Scottish figurative painter Alan McGowan

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December 10, 2012 at 4:27 am
(1) Yover says:

The most difficult thing about creativity process is,” to my eyes”,to be able to wholly liberate mind and brain. That’s why I have tremendous admiration for a figurative painter like Chaim Soutine .So it would be tantalizing to use some drugs or alcoholic beverages to reach a high level of excitement as Soutine, but I know (fortunately) that it will be the world of delusion :a kind of slow death.


December 10, 2012 at 8:51 am
(2) Natalya Kalugina says:

I cannot agree with McGowan’s declaration. Dealing with art fotograghy over 45 years I insist that fotography as an art has the same and even wider possibility as painting and drawing both in performance and self expression. The other thing that both in painting and drawing it is hundred times easier to get the result you feel necessary to express yourself while photography needs hundreds attempts and months of thourough work with sitters (as soon as we discuss figurative art) to get the results let us say similar to McGowan’s expressive paintings. For example, I worked 2 years to make much less complicated foto of my friend I was satified with and only one month to make a similar picture.

December 10, 2012 at 9:29 am
(3) Natalya Kalugina says:

Vice versa. This is painting that is instant and stright forward expression permitting to miss thorough analysis and to avoid necessity of arranging reality according to our vision of the final result.
Just as an example: How many sources of day light can we see in Madonna Litta? You can see only 2 windows there. But you would need at least 10 sources of day light (Believe me I counted) to get the same play of light, in a photo. The Artist – just imagined these sources. The real truth is also that you never can repeat the result in art photography even with digcams. And alas, while positionning myself now not as a photographer but as a pofessional artist, deep in my heart I understand that painting is just a kind of handicup in my attempts to outburst my vision and my feelings outside my soul.

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