Thursday, January 10, 2008

Watercolor Painting - Sticks & Stones III.5

Sticks & Stones III.5 watercolor on Arches 7x10"

Did the Roman's have decimals? Huh...never thought of that before...

Well, I decided to try Myrna's challenge again...get that radial thing happening. And I think I got radial...but I also got boring. Ah well, live and learn. Like my floating rock? LMFAO!!!

There is a blog call View On Canadian Art...anyone been there? It is interesting...but I gotta say...there's a LOT of art out there that I just don't get. Somewhere back in June or July it shows the 5 finalists, and the winner of the RBC Art competion for EMERGING Canadian artists. Now this is a big competition...winner gets $25,000, second and third get $15,000. And what I'd like to know is...where the hell are they emerging from, 'cause it must a pretty scary place! I've read many times that 'the subject and technique don't matter as much as excellent composition and good use of design elements.' I think that's a crock of shit. What ever happened to beauty?!?! Not one of those paintings are beautiful. And the one that won? There's nothing there!! Who the hell is making these decisions about what entails good art?!?! 'Cause I'd like to give them a good smack on the back of the head.
Beauty, people, BEAUTY!! And yes beauty is different for everyone, I know..but come ON! When art becomes synonymous with 'weird, obscure and irritating', things have gone terribly awry. I know that I have a lot to learn about art...and I have yet to paint a masterpiece...but it's pretty discouraging to see the kind of art that 'they' are rewarding. Makes me want to take my daughter's acrylics and fling them on a canvas and enter some art competitions.
Nah, just kiddin'!

Okay...that was fun! Feelin' better now. Drop me a line!

6 comments:

Myrna Wacknov said...

Tracy, You really got the radial design this time!! Great solution to the challenge. I don't think this painting is boring. In fact, I like the ambiguous quality by having the rock appear floating. It looks almost like we are looking at a pond so some things are reflections. Don't forget to send me an e-mail so I can put on the slide show.

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Joan said...

Tracy, Do you feel better now that you vented a bit?? I agree with you. Beauty is very important. I like this radial design. Good thinking and planning with the leaves branching out. I like the colors and I don't mind your "floating" rock at all.

Tracy Wandling said...

Thanks Myrna - hhhmmm...reflections...yeah, that's what it is! I've sent it to you.

Hey Joan - Thanks. And Yes I Do!
I like my floating rock too...it amuses me.

Clive said...

Nice one. Good rant too. Didn't the Romans conquer the Decimals shortly before taking Gaul in the first century BC?

Tracy Wandling said...

Hey Clive - Thanks...it was fun (the painting AND the ranting). And I think the Decimals won that battle...and now my kids are engaged in warfare with them. Poor little soldiers...