Nothing beats real life. But. But I think the photo below is worth a 1000 words to answer why paint realistically. Life is fleeting. I know this from my heart. To capture life, that's an endeavor. Not just so I can see it, remember it and get it but so that other's can get it too. There's room for unrealistic visions but it starts with the real thing. The undistorted beauty of real life.
Some will say, "Just take a photo." That's valid. Except there's something about someone's touch especially when they interpret the soul of other with their own. Nature's soul (or Human) to Human soul. And nothing shows it more than original art. Photos are lovely, as are prints of original art. But. But to see the strokes, shadows, saturation of color, the life - there's the soul to soul of real life.
I'm not obsessed with Shatto Milk Company. Really. Though it might seem so since I've painted their packaging, buy their products (yum), my kids work there, they sell my prints, and we just had my daughter's wedding reception there. Other than that there is no connection for me. Well, except this last weekend I spent the day painting there for their Family Day on the Farm. Yeah, except for all of that, there is no obsession. Right?
Anyway. Here is a slide show of the painting i did. I haven't painted like that, at a public event while people pass and talk while you paint, before. At Shatto they do a lot of farm related things that day and I was there to add a little something different to their farm. I thought it would be fun. And it was. I'd do something like that again.
Do you have a company you obsess over?
A oil painting study I did this week. It's small but tends to go quickly that way. Eggs for Breakfast Anyone?
I really love flowers though I don't paint them often. I decided to do a little study and now I want to do a few more.
Here is a series of photos from an oil painting study I did recently for a larger painting I'm doing later .
Painting title: I Love You.