WHEN I WANT TO PAINT, I HAVE TO CHANGE HOW I SEE. It usually requires a conscious effort to make the switch from what I call "thing-o-vision" to "art-o-vision". Our normal mode of seeing, "thing-o-vision", habitually identifies the proliferation of things and details we see as our eyes bounce around from one "thing" to another. Art-o-vision sees only shapes, values and color in a simple integrated pattern. If I don't make the switch, I can only take dictation from the myriad things and details before me, and the fun of painting turns to tedium and disappointment. Art-o-vison allows me to see the simple beauty, and harmony in the scene. Then, the fun is in trying to arrange those simple shapes, values and colors into a design that will focus upon and emphasize the beauty I've found. Everything else plays a subordinate role to enhance my idea. Now, I'm ready to paint! But first, before anything else, it's a design.
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
12X16 oil on canvas panel
subjective realist landscape paintings