Reflections color pencils 4x4"
I have been planning and sketching. I discovered those sketches don't show well in photographs. Fortunately I still have a couple more finished pieces from way back when -except they are under glass, framed and sealed :( These wooden spoons and tin mugs with reflections caught my eye in Colonial Williamsburg 'market place' many years ago and I tried them out in color pencils on tinted paper. It is a small piece framed and under glass-too well sealed- which once again I had difficulty photographing. I welcome any suggestions, tips and tricks from fellow artists - what are your experiences and solutions for photographing issues?
I came across a very interesting story in the blog "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin. She calls the story a Koan on creativity and credits it to Arthur Koestler's book "the Art of Creativity' : " An art dealer (this story is authentic) bought a canvas signed "Picasso" and traveled all the way to Cannes to discover whether it was genuine. Picasso was working in his studio. He cast a single look at the canvas and said:"its a fake." A few months later the dealer bought another canvas signed Picasso. Again he travelled to Cannes and again Picasso, after a single glance, grunted "Its a fake" "But cher maitre" expostulated the dealer, "it so happens that I saw you with my own eyes working on this very picture several years ago" Picasso shrugged: "I often paint fakes"
Gretchen's comments in that blog really resonated with me. She asks- "Do you know this feeling, feeling of painting your own fake?" I always worry about painting pieces that don't quite feel authentic or that I did not perhaps give my best. Now I know the perfect answer for those doubts :). Of course, that question will be included in the ones I often ask as I evaluate my finished painting. I am also eager to read Koestler's book "the Art of Creativity"