I found myself, after taping the oil paper to its board downstairs in my studio,
making a little painting from memory of the scene that I have been painting for the last 25 days!
I discovered a sentence about memory painting in The Art Spirit that I liked,
but decided also to Google for more from Henri.
The first quote is the one that might well BE in this book,
but I haven't found it yet - the next one is on page 260 in my copy.
"The good thing about painting from memory is that so much is forgotten." (I love that! -t)
"If you work from memory, you are most likely to put in your real feeling." (Yes! -t)
|Memory - Juneau 6 x 8 inches oil on Arches Huile paper|
You may remember when I took my Marc Hanson workshop in June we worked on a memory painting and I absolutely
hated disliked the exercise. Apparently for me, I need more like 25 days of looking at a subject - rather than 4 x 15 minutes! But in all fairness to Marc, it is a very valuable exercise and I plan to do it more often. As with so many things, the more you practice the easier it becomes (that is probably a quote by someone famous, like Socrates ...).