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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
July 14th, 2014 by Joel Watts

My 3rd painting on #canvas

I’d like to say that the room is dark so the painting doesn’t come out well on pictures, but to be honest, I wanted to quit halfway through. I had an image in my head of a very lonely, dark room with a very absent chair. Out the window is a nice scene. Across the table someone is sitting. I added a book later on.

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I started with the window because it was the easiest thing to do.

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There is too much brown.

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I really like this color blue.

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I start with the book. I mixed white with tan to give a yellowed looked to the pages.

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book is done. And I added twine to the window – perhaps it is a painting now. Which makes the room all that more depressing.

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and a very boring chair.

A few lessons from this. I don’t like brown. I don’t like visualizing something and painting it, although everything is visualized. But you know what I mean. I want to paint in oil, but I’m not good enough to waste that much money on something I won’t be good enough for.

In the end, I wonder if I should have just left it as the window frame….

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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4 Responses to “My 3rd painting on #canvas”
  1. Title of the book, “Pastural Epistles”.
    Yeah, I know. I need to get a life.

  2. Know More Than I Should says

    An Episcopal priest of my acquaintance doesn’t like brown either. For what it’s worth, the artist Mondriaan had an aversion to green.

    One trick to art – whether pigment or photography – is to create a visual pattern of lines or color that keeps the eye(s) circling canvas or image. Thus, you might try using shades of brown where you don’t want the eye to go and use brighter colors or tints to provide a pathway for the eyes.

    Some supposed forgeries of more famous works may have simply been the result of students trying to duplicate – and, thereby, learn from – techniques used by the masters.

    The secret to any art – whether visual or voice – is to make it yours. Simply singing like Rudy Vallee for Frank Sinatra won’t sell any records. Making their music yours is a different story. Much the same is true for painting. Tell a story! Paint what you feel rather than what you see.

    It was also the secret of great preachers and philosophers.

    • thank you, good sir. this helped my bruised ego a lot.

      • Know More Than I Should says

        The only way to learn is to make mistakes.

        While you may not care for the example, nevertheless consider paintings by Adolph Hitler. Although technically competent, they are cold and lifeless. They have the soul of cow patties. At best, Hitler was a mediocre illustrator. He simply painted what he saw and felt nothing.

        In contrast, consider Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Although, by no means realistic, this late 19th century collection of pigment on cardboard all but screams at the viewer. The disturbing image creates the illusion of hearing through one’s eyes!

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