Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Sarah Harvey 2

Sarah Harvey - Sunset, Perth, Australia (2007)I couldn't resist showing you another of Sarah's brilliant paintings, of Lewis underwater. This one is sold. How she painted it without getting her brush soggy....


At 19/7/07, Blogger weggis said...

Maybe she painted it from a photograph? Is that cheating?

At 19/7/07, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Unless she has a photographic memory, this painting has got to be from a photo.

Purists think cameras should not be used by artists. That is so out of date. I once met a graphic artist who removed all the blemishes from Celina Scott's face for the cover of Radio Times. That was his job: tarting up the stars.

One of my favourite Brit. artists, Atkinson Grimshaw, was fascinated by early cameras. He painted cold, wet dockyards lit by moonlight and shop windows, definitely a subject you want to paint in a warm studio, working from a photograph.

It's the end result that counts, not how you achieve it. Was Leonardo da Vinci cheating when he used a cartoon to paint al fresco? Course not. Trick of the trade to make work easier.

Don't ask: Who's Al Fresco?


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