Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, January 29, 2017

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about." -- Charles Kingsley

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Finding Abstract Inspirations on TV

Artists can find inspiration for future paintings in almost everything. Whenever there are bad thunderstorms in my area, or even a particularly hard rain, television pictures freeze into pixillated images that can become the inspiration for non-objective abstract paintings. So next time thunder and lightning threaten, grab your camera to capture these elusive images while you have the chance.

Here are three from my own files:

Don't try to paint exactly what you see. Instead, use the distorted shapes and colors as jumping off points for your own interpretations. If you have a photo editing program, you can further alter these "frozen" images in countless ways. For example, changing the colors, converting them to black and white, isolating or "framing" an interesting area within the image, and on and on. In fact, just one pixillated screen shot, altered using a program like Photoshop Elements, could become the basis for an entire series of paintings!

Text and images ©2017 Lynn Edwards

A Thought for Sunday, January 22, 2017

"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." -- Robert F. Kennedy

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, January 15, 2017

"The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands." -- Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, January 8, 2017

"Color is a power which directly influences the soul." -- Wassily Kandinsky

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, January 1, 2017

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape -- the loneliness of it -- the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it -- the whole story doesn't show." -- Andrew Wyeth