I’m reading a book by Ellen Eagle: Pastel Painting Atelier. It’s lovely to read and beautiful to look at (even if I am looking at it on an iPad.) I plan on saying more about it later, as it is full of beautiful insights. Her paintings touch me deeply. Her writing is beautiful.
Recently, Tina Koyama posted two sketches she did, and mused that one of them seemed to capture her subject’s essence, while the other didn’t. I thought of that when I read Ellen Eagle’s book. In discussing genres, she says (my excerpt),
“No matter what genre an artist works in, the task at hand is to weave a seamless fabric of form and content. The content is the feeling that stirs within the artist, inspired by the subject. The form is the shape the artist finds to convey the vibration of feeling. …. The way the artist orders the shapes and color conveys the spirit of the event and the relationship of the parts to the whole. A great painter is always painting the spirit.”