"Joe's Deer " For years I have been fascinated by encaustic paintings. However, I don't enjoy the laborious effort involved in the process of melting wax, etc. so I have experimented with simulation. This one is watercolor on gessoed Masonite board. The original isn't quite so washed out but this is the best my copier could produce.
While painting I thought about many things including about how slow I was proceeding with the piece I was working on. Years ago I thought if I got good at watercolor I could paint "Wham-Bam" and produce a great painting like they portray in the movies. I still try that sometimes but have found that I now paint liesurley, enjoying what I'm doing and letting my mind roam. There is no extra charge. The act of painting seems to stimulate thought.
I used to refer to my grandmother when making a point as my old German grandmother. Today I realized I should drop the "old". She was wise and old had little to do with it. One of her oft mentioned sayings (not original with her of course) was "all things in moderation". Mind wander led me to apply this to recent conversations with fellow artists. Some place great emphasis on formal training. Others deny that has importance and may be a hindrance.
As usual, I believe my grandmother was correct. Why get too heated about such an issue? Sound training, be it formal, academic or self study provides the foundation for good work. At some point though, the artist must throw away all rules and let inner feelings and knowlege that has been made into one's own take over. Only then can originality surface and a unique style emerge.
I'm an old fart (pardon me, senior citizen) who spends most of the time painting or trout fishing. Trout fishing takes me into some beautiful places, especially here in northeast Wisconsin, and I often think that next time I'll bring my paints and leave the fly rod at home, but then I realize I can paint at home but I can't catch trout there. You can find out more about my painting philosophy, background, etc. @ www.kenmarsden.com.