“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
In the late 1800s, artists like Monet, Degas, Cezanne and Renoir developed an artistic style that became know as impressionism. It focused on depicting the visual “impression of the moment”, especially as related to light and color. They were known to have been influenced by early photography and were among the first to have painted “en plein air”. Although I truly appreciate all forms of art, I have always been partial to impressionism as my favorite style.
“I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”
Vincent Van Gogh
The opening capture above is my impression of the original shot which follows it. In Provence, there are vineyards at every turn – one more picturesque than the last. For this week’s Art challenge I’ve attempted to creatively present an impressionist view of several scenes using post-processing tools – including the lovely vineyard scene. For me, the scene spoke of simpler days gone by – thereby leading me to present it in a rather nostalgic way.
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
Creative courage involves trying new things and pushing boundaries. Although I love nothing more than a wonderful photograph, I also admire those who step outside the box and use imagination to create another view entirely. I am the first to admit that my skills with textures and effects are seriously limited but I do enjoy playing with images now and then to see what might result. My goal with the capture above was to create an ethereal feel similar to my own impression as I made the shot here on Kiawah early one morning.
“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world.”
“In art as in love, instinct is enough. ”
I’ve seen many horses in my travels, but it seems white horses are the most elusive and rare. I captured this beautiful creature during a visit to La Camargue in Southeast France. The region is known for its beautiful salt marshes and its white horses. To me they are rather ghostly in appearance, but in an appealing way. My interpretation is an attempt to portray that quality.
“Art is not a thing; it is a way. ”
“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”
The final image captures a truly peaceful moment on one of Kiawah’s smaller lagoons. There our many species of water fowl, in this case bufflehead ducks, find calm waters and a variety of small fish and grasses on which they can feed undisturbed. I wasn’t especially happy with the original capture (below) which I found a bit busy. But after de-saturating it and applying some textures I felt it better delivered the peaceful impression that struck me while shooting the scene.
“Art is literacy of the heart.”
Like the impressionists before us, the best artists bring heart and emotion to their work. They achieve success when the viewer not only sees their work but also feels it. Here’s to the effort as much as the result.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all! If you’d like to learn more about impressionism, click here.