Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Variations on a Theme

"Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it"
 – Jasper Johns

Sometimes I like to change my paintings using Photoshop or similar.  The question is, is that cheating?  The jury is out on that one.  Here I've taken a Paris waiter and added various effects to the image just to see......

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. ”
― Pablo Picasso

I'm pretty sure Picasso would have put the computer to good use. He seemed to use any technique that worked for him without worrying about the legalities of the whole business.  I know Jasper Johns would approve!

I suppose it was the same when paints became commercial, when the artist no longer had to grind the pigments himself. Did they think they were taking shortcuts?  Being less artistic? I wonder.  Some artists I know only sharpen pencils with a knife.  Now that's going to far!  The electric pencil sharpener is sitting there laughing at them!  Production for use and all that.

I like the second one in the series.  Think I'll try a squiggly oil pastel!

I'll continue to use the computer.  It keeps the creative part of the mind going when I can't actually sit down and paint. The images below are digital pieces.

I obviously had just discovered the "flash" effect in the Photoshop program.  Well, I'm still learning!


  1. Jeanne@ Collage of Life5/18/2012

    Susan...I love doing things like this. I came across a Robert Rauschenberg painting at the Tate Modern in London and photographed the entire painting and then bits and pieces of it. A collage of a collage. I really enjoy those photos. Keep creating! 
    Jeanne xx
    PS..thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  2.  Hi Jeanne.  Sorry, I almost missed your comment!  I like collage work because it's so forgiving.  Easy to change, rearrange.....a nice break from my usual oil pastels.  Thanks for visiting!  I'm following your blog - your photos are gorgeous and you cover a lot of my favourite topics!  All the best, Susan