Friday, March 18, 2016

THE "IT"

The "IT"

I am not from the land of France as an abstract impressionist painter is not from the land of Abstract.

My title (French Impressionist Painter versus American Impressionist) refers to my carrying on the tradition of French Impressionism from the 1800's and early 1900's.

Many contemporary impressionists are doing the California en plein air thing...big bold brushstrokes and very little detail. After awhile, many of the artists start to look alike.

I believe the reason why many contemporary/modern impressionist pieces look the same is because the artists are too young to have found their "It." They've likely taken workshops and classes and do not have a natural vision.

Without a natural gift or vision, these artists manage to do amazing work however. And down the road, their natural gift may appear.

The "It" is the technique that separates one artist from another. Admittedly, it make take 20 or more years to find one's "It."

"Hollyhock Cascade"
6 x 6
Acrylic on panel
Private Collection

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