Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Sunbreak in Blue and Silver: Columbia
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights
James Abbott McNeill Whistler 1872
I'm continuing to work my way through the list of artists ahead of my class this week. Another painter who interested me was James Abbott McNeill Whistler. He had a series of beachscape and harbor paintings where he placed the horizon pretty high up on the canvas, and mainly just painted variations in the water tone. I thought they were really pretty, and when we were driving along the Columbia on Sunday we came upon a turnout where the light was especially beautiful on the water. So I tried photographing the scene with the land high in the frame. Now that I'm reading about Whistler a little, I can see that the paintings that interested me are in a style called Nocturne; he was trying to represent light at night. I definitely wasn't trying to do that, but I do like the composition he uses.