“You should paint the essence of things” Pissarro instructs a younger artist.
“Where we are separate” quick water-colour painting sketch by Terrill Welch
Last evening I was having a love affair with the work of Camille Pissarro (1830-1903). I have often had comments on my work about its impressionist style. However, having not formally studied art, or the history of art, my self-taught-ways left me replying “I don’t know much about the principles of impressionism. I just like to capture the light and the essence of my subject. The energy in a work should be alive and vibrant even if it means sacrificing correctness.” Last night when I read The Life and Works of C. Pissarro by Linda Doeser (1994) I understood why people smiled knowingly at my comment and said no more.
“sitting” quick water-colour painting sketch by Terrill Welch
Exactness is not the same as expressing the exact emotion in your work.
Sprout Question: Is there a particular method you use to capture the essence of things?
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