Pencil and watercolor, caricature from a photo. 1998?
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Pencil, black ink marker, and watercolor.
I finally resolved to get messy with watercolor. This is pencil, black marker, and watercolor on paper. It is a picture of perhaps a cat/fox hybrid. I always initially hesitate to paint in watercolor because of my basic laziness, but once I actually go to the trouble of doing it, I am never disappointed!
I think of art as a form of worship. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Does it not make you feel good when somebody likes what you did so much that they just had to copy it? God probably felt pretty good when Michealangelo painted the Sistine Chapel. Or when Van Gogh painted Starry Night.
Speaking of Van Gogh, I just bought a Vincent Van Gogh calendar. His paintings disturb me. But, in a good way. I have feelings when I view his paintings. I don’t know what the feelings are exactly, but they are feelings nonetheless. For instance, when I look at “Crown Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase”, I feel dizzy. Or, for example, when I gaze upon “Morning: Going Out to Work (after Millet)”, I feel flabbergasted. And on occasion, while gazing at “Wheat Field with Cypresses”, I sometimes feel a little gassy. Not a particularly deep emotion, but a feeling, anyway.
I believe that he worshipped God through every painting that he did. Those of us who believe in God all have our own personal way to worship. Mine is through my art. I am imitating God by creating my own little world. Therefore, by imitating, I am flattering. Subsequently, by flattering, I am worshipping. Do I fear heavenly charges of copyright infringement? Naw. God doesn’t care about that. He wants me to copy Him. And besides, He doesn’t need any more money. After all, God is more than likely…richer than God!
As I sit here, I keep asking myself one question…”If a picture is worth a thousand words, why should I bother with writing?”
The cartoon above is the result of such questions.
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Just messing around with Photoshop color. I’ve always been awestruck with the color of Spring. My friend Theresa said “You should paint it”. So I did. I painted Spring.