Saturday, 30 June 2007

After Titian

Nicholas Panayi (see links) e-mailed me a pencil sketch by Titian which propelled me to make this painting (oil pastels on paper, 17 x 12 cms, 2006) . I could have used one of my own sketches but no - I nicked this one of Titian's. It spoke to me. I do steal odd things from other artists from time to time without acknowledgement or apology because i know full well such theft is actually impossible. It goes without saying that Sig. Tiziano Vecelli has nothing to fear from me. All my work comes out inevitably and automatically in my own "handwriting". This is why I can never understand the obsession with originality and the cries of "painting is dead - there is nothing new left to discover..". In fact there is plenty old left to discover .. how much have we forgotten? I just believe every creative spirit is unique and therefore entirely original. I guess borrowings from others are the way we carry our traditions from generation to generation. I need to feel connected to that process. So here I present a small, simple painting of my own, inspired by Titian.
a bientot


harriett said...

I just found your blog - I like the free spirit displayed in your pieces - good work.

Sheri Burhoe said...

I totally agree with everything you have said. Finally someone who thinks !!! :) How refreshing is that...very !

Great piece, oil pastels are really fun to use, I love them.I appreciate your honesty. I know someone who says things like "I did this first and then everyone else started to do it".I'm thinking to myself, whats original really ? Even if it's an abstract piece, I'm sure the artist used at least one or two colors the same as the rest of the world.How about painting styles, every artist picks one or two of those and it's not an original painting style either.There is so much to paint and create, it's endless.It's having the time to do it all, that is the issue but, I guess whatever time we have is something we must live with and just learn to enjoy being in the moment.