I painted this landscape in early March 2020. The colours and sky reflect the time of year. It's quite a loose, expressive painting. But when I showed Joe, my husband he said this,
'It's okay, but I don't like the menacing face in the sky, it looks like a scull.'
I looked again and sure enough there is a really evil face, like those in a horror movie staring across the rainwashed landscape, look...
Then I couldn't help but feel that it was my psyche painting it in as we listened to the dreadful news about Covid taking over our world. A few days later we were in lockdown. Honestly, I'm probably reading too much into this, but it does make you think.
oil on canvas
"As the Impressionists knew, there's a big difference between a photograph and a painting, even when it is a photograph of a painting, which is what I'm looking at like everyone else *. Any sense of scale is lost, as are the material and technical qualities to which you immediately respond (or don't) when seeing an artwork in the flesh.
* Referencing online rather than physical art exhibitions during Covid-19
This piece of art will speak to you, uniquely. You will see the texture of the paint, brush marks and nuances of colour that you don't get from a print.
You might make your own story about the painting. See something in the painting no-one else sees. It might remind you of a happy time, or help you through hard times. It will touch your emotions. It may speak to you differently in different light and on different days.
Your artwork is unique, no-one, but no-one else owns this. That is quite something in this era of sharing images. But this is real, it is not digital it is paint on canvas.
Original art is expensive, because an artist's time is valuable, an artist's story is valuable, and an artist needs to pay bills too.
©Lynn Keddie 2020