Dec 21 2009

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary


When I was younger, I didn’t really like Picasso. I was attracted to extremely realistic painters. Now I am fascinated with his work. The quotes I have used in the blog (The every child one and the we don’t grow older, we grow riper one) are from Picasso. So is the headline of this post. His quotes are as good as his paintings…here are a few:

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

And this one, which leads me to my next topic…
Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.

Thomas Kincade.

To each his own, but to say I’m not a big fan is an understatement.
Kincade on Picasso, “He had talent but didn’t use it in a significant way,” and “I don’t believe, in time, that he will be regarded as the titan that he is now,” says Kinkade. “He is a man of great talent who, to me, used it to create three Picassos before breakfast because he could get $10,000 each for them.”

Strange, coming from a man who issued this decree to his minions: “There’s over 40 walls in the average American home, and Tom says our job is to figure out how to populate every single wall in every single home and every single business throughout the world with his paintings.”

I do have to admire the man’s marketing skills. Not really a big fan of the paintings, but I can understand how some like the old-timey feel they convey. I actually considered doing a series a few years ago based off of his work. I was going to mimic his style, but paint “less than desirable” locales, like a trailer park, bums on a corner, etc. Maybe I can work that into my works next year.