Saturday, March 8, 2014

Painting vs. Coloring

The second Sergei saying is (this is paraphrasing, really, but the flavor and lesson is still intact), "Art of coloring and art of painting are two different things.  When you do art of coloring, you make outline of horse, or of bush -apple.  Then you fill in the horse, and the bush, and the apple.  And that's it.  In art of coloring, some of the color of the horse goes into the bush.  You put some color here, and here; it doesn't stay inside the lines."

I love saying this in a bad Russian accent, and so does Gerald Griffin.


Painting... the proof is in the pudding.. er oil.

Monday, March 3, 2014

On Top of the World

Every year Gerald Griffin introduces his beginning painting class with a late Rexburg local Sergei Bangart, with a doggeared VHS tape.  On the tape is an interview with Sergei, and there were two things from the interview I will never forget.  This post I will tell one of them.
"When you do a good painting, you feel like you're on top of the world.  Sometimes, when you do a bad painting, you want to hang yourself."
(Perhaps I should mention Sergei is Russian, and, by the tradition of Russian literature, is emotionally heavy in his words.)
Sometimes, when photo shoot is done right, you feel like on top of the world.