|The Island, Summer|
When making landscape pictures, there is always a decision to be made regarding detail: how much? Is it accurate? Do more details show greater mastery of the Art-making process? Will more details ruin a perfectly good drawing? When does observation topple over into Art —and vice versa?
From the very beginning, this picture of the island's vegetation was not meant to be observation. It was meant to be Art. I am an artist after all! And the paradox is that the more Artless your Art is, the better Art it is. One small consolation is that it all begins with observation. So there!
Here are a few more recent drawings from last week.