Palms by a wave, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"
Some thoughts on painting:
Every painting needs a reason for being. This reason must go beyond a basic representation, no matter how good the representation.
Every painting should be a unique and individual translation of what the artist sees, feels, believes.
Every painting should communicate something greater than the thing represented to the viewer.
Every painting should contain some "secret sauce", or, in other words, some "wow"?
A good idea will transcend the skill of the artist.
I believe these things, and try to put them into every painting. That said, the reality of making something unique and personal every day is not easy. For sure, every painting is not a winner. I just hope that I am able to tell the difference between a keeper and one that needs additional attention.
May all of you who are painting today, or doing some other creative endeavor, have much good success.