TAKE TWO STICKS l "xl"x3'. MAKE A SLIDING BOX AROUND THEM. DRILL BOX AND STICKS FOR BOLT AND WINGED NUT. THIS IS FOR CONVENIENCE IN CARRYING. SET UP STICK IN GROUND AND THUMBTACK FINDER IN DESIRED POSITION ON STICK.
A small finder held fairly close to the eye is excellent for finding subjects. However, once a subject is decided upon, it is more helpful to have one with an opening exactly the same size as your sketch. This can be thumbtacked to a stick next to the sketchbox. Place this so the two are aligned, as shown above. In this manner you can keep viewing the real scene as you make your sketch, and you will find it easier to draw all the objects in correct scale and proportion. The image is fairly constant if you keep the head in the same position for both viewing and painting.
the existing shapes into geometrical forms and planes. Use no perspective, and little or no modeling of form. Work only for beautiful color arrangement and striking design. If there is harmony of color in the material, you can thus get it into your design. Let one color dominate, and the rest play against it.
Pictures that attempt to tell a story are a different form of art, which might better be called illustration, but there is no reason why they can not be beautiful. Children at the seashore can be a most attractive subject. Animals have their place in art. Motherhood has always been an important theme. Other themes can be taken from various human activities, such as sports, the circus, farm life, and city streets. Old barns, quaint houses, factories can all be worthy subjects.
We can run through the category of human emotions and paint our own interpretations of hope, faith, charity, sympathy, reverence, ambi tion, and so forth. We can also interpret grief, sorrow, hunger, want, all of which have prompted great art in the past.
We can take human occupations and glorify them—the man in the field, the miner, the steel builder—anything, almost, that comes to mind. The artist, not the subject, creates the art. Let no artist ever say that he has nothing to paint. Let him strive to develop his understanding of light, form, color, and arrangement so that he can paint absolutely anything. This is not as difficult as it sounds, for all things are simply diverse forms in light and atmosphere, to be studied, arranged.
and put into pictures. The artist who cannot paint life may turn to color and design. So many modern paintings arc really nothing more than pleasing patterns of color and texture.
Perhaps the art which appeals most to most people is that which conveys emotion of one kind or another. This does not mean that we must always show people doing something emotional. There can be emotion or mood in any painting. A landscape may carry the mood of the surroundings, the mood of the day, like fresh sparkling sunshine, or twilight and stillness. It may be a stream singing over the rocks, a peaceful pasture.
Elephants by Russell Cowles, Kraushaar galleries, new york city Animals have their place in art
Other themes can be taken from various human activities, such as sports
Summer by John Koch, Kraushaar galleries, new york city i \ ll i \ ll
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