Sunday, April 22, 2007

Yukon Blifsticker Dorsalfin
















This pile o'junk came to rest in a heap, thus becoming metal sculpture of a different type- the rural roadside ornament. Come on people dynamite this sucker for a better look at all the pieces.

13 comments:

newnorth said...

dy noooo mite lol.
very cool painting. (I wish I could do watercolors)

Ron Morrison said...

Thanks Newnorth.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

When I enlarge it the individual strokes almost look casual - how do you do it? Make the casual strokes work together for such a wonderful rendering? Simply wonderful.

Michelle Smith said...

Almost looks like a 4-door VW bug, if there was such a thing.

Ron Morrison said...

Cara,thank you. Since you asked, let me say this about that.

This art/painting business is confusing. Why you ask? Weeeeell let me try to confuse the issue further- I mean explain. I have been drawing and painting since before I went to school. My friends who are very good artists insist that this is a prerequisite for any type of real artist. I stand back a little from that presumption. Okay, I have never considered myself to be very talented. But what I am starting to realize is that I do things easily and do not put much importance upon what I can do. I know what is tricky to do in watercolours and what is relatively easy. I have been painting off and on for thirty years and have never had a lesson. I should be a way better painter but I had a lousy teacher. If I can do something easily, then it doesn't interest me much. This post is an old painting, at least 15 years old. Its very difficult for a watercolourist to settle for doing things any one particular way-there are so many different ways to paint. The paintings that I think are real accomplishments get routinely ignored in favour of simple little sketches.

The DP/blog format does not do justice to bigger paintings and smaller paintings sometimes look like masterpieces. It is hard to do things in a bigger painting that can be relatively easy to do in a smaller one. My big w/c's are four feet wide- I am almost impressed with myself sometimes when I produce a painting that size.

Another issue is the photo-realist school versus the loosey goosey. I don't care for either. I admire things that have soul and flare but are well done.

If a painter is just trying to impress you with how well he can paint- I don't care. If he is trying to say or tell you something then I am all ears (eyes).

Good painting should be visual poetry. If you go way back in my blog you will see examples of other types (styles) of painting that may be interesting in comparison.

I always liked this little sketch and you are right about the strokes. In the last four years I have adopted out many paintings that I have no pictures of- some of them have been pretty good paintings, but they probably would not have fared well on the DP/blog.


I know nothing....

Ron Morrison said...

You can tell Michelle's affection for little dogs in her paintings, a bit of the souls of the dogs become the soul of the paintings- magical. Oooops was I talking about you, Michelle? Sorry.

Milford "Uncle Milfy" Acornes said...

Blah, blah, blah, you were born confused. I'll give you lessons whaddya want to know? I'll give you some advice, free of charge, give your brushes to someone who knows how to use them.

Ron Morrison said...

Get back under the stairs, you.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Thanks for taking the time to answer the way you did.

Interestingly - I have maybe 2 dozen blogs bookmarked and the last couple of times I went through the whole list for my personal viewing enjoyment I found that I have skipped over the "photo-realistic" artist.

In total respect I admire the talent and will never have that type of gift myself but you're absolutely right - it doesn't move me one jot past saying "Geez, that almost looks like a photograph".

And as for "almost impressing yourself" - man that's about as good as it comes... I love that feeling!

Naquaiya said...

What a fascinating dialogue. Ron, your work covers a big span in time. Even though you do have different styles, I agree with you that the small and the huge paintings can't really be seen for what they are on the internet screen. I wish I could see some of your big works. Somehow, we lose a lot when we try to translate an artwork to a screen, to a book, to a print. Take care of those paintings and don't lose them. sounds like you need a retrospective show to clarify all of this. are there any rich available sponsors in BC?

Ron Morrison said...

Thanks, Michele, the sense of the whole thing eludes me.

W. K. Moore said...

Nice study in grays... or is it greys? Cool little waves in the water around the tires. Has a mood about it that I like.. yet cannot put into words.. maybe better that way.

Ron Morrison said...

Thanks, W.K., its gray.