Sunday, June 26, 2011

"Misty Watermelon Memories"

"Misty Watermelon Memories" 6x6" Oil on canvas panel

This painting is my submission to DailyPaintWorks' "Upside Down" Challenge. We were given the photo above with instructions to paint it upside down from start to finish. No, I don't mean me hanging upside down painting, the photograph had to remain upside down. This technique was first introduced in the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." For some strange reason our left brains can't handle not being able to name and identify parts when things are upside down, so the submissive right brains steps in to take over. It's so much easier to draw and paint upside down. In fact I'll double-dog-dare you to try it sometime. You will find that literally everyone in the universe can draw amazingly better using this approach. I loved the way this turned out, once I was able to turn it right side up and see what I had painted. Those very cool reflections were really fun painting especially when you didn't even know they were reflections from upside down.

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  1. It's funny how sometimes the brain can distort reality. This can be good, but what if the painting is "real life?" Painting from a photo that is up-side-down can minimize the influence of previous experiences allowing for a better aperture of truth. For me, photography is the aperture for expressing what's the truth.

  2. Great comment, Kenne. I guess for me, painting goes beyond what the brain sees and records, to capture another more subtle perspective of that same truth not visible to the eye alone. It goes beyond what the eye or the camera record to open the heart to feel and connect in unexpected ways that breathe new spirit and life into the subject.

    Robert Henri said in "The Art Spirit", "There are moment in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge." What a gift to be an artist.