Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Red Pitcher

"Red Pitcher", 10 x 8 In, Oil on Panel
This painting was done way back when my two friends were here in February and it is one that got lost in the drying rack. Every painting offers some kind of lesson.  I keep remembering the story told in Art and Fear about the ceramic class that was split into two groups--the group that would be graded on "quality" of the one perfect pot and the group that would be graded on poundage of the quantity of pots produced.  "Come grading time a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the "quantity" group was busily churning out piles of work--and learning from their mistakes--the "quality" group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay."

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  1. Nice Value control in the pitcher. Great story as well. Best Glenn Raschick

  2. Great painting and great story. Thanks you for sharing it.

  3. One of my favorite passages in Art & Fear. This is a really nice one!

  4. Thank you all for your comments--especially about the quote from Art & Fear. It something I think about often.

  5. I love the values and the brushstrokes on this pitcher. Beautiful!

    What a great story. I read another of your posts where you talked about blogging and laying it all out there. That really struck home with me. Lots of my stuff I'd rather not show. I need to remember that it's about the quantity!