Here's a painting by a Spanish painter Sorolla, Mending the Sail 1896. Though I am sure the photograph does not do the original work justice I love the way the light plays on the canvas sail. The way he managed the cool and warm colors, it is amazing. I would love to master such a skill. (Sorry, I got sidetracked. That wasn't my point today.) My point is what content he painted.
The 2 paintings are scenes of daily life. Images of what they spent most of their time probably doing, work. (And look at that light through and on top of the sail - perfect!) It seems all quite beautiful and idealized to us but it was mundane or necessary for them. Many artists capture their times. It is often said that an artist should catch the moments from his/her own day. So...
Q. What "today" scenes would you paint? What "daily life" would you put on canvas? What contemporary thing of today would you preserve for history? What would you paint?
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