Interlude: a matter of choice…


I would let 2005 chronicle be for a while…

These last days of cool, rainy June, I was thinking how many choices and how important this process of choosing is for an artist.

The reality, with its enormous bulk of images, sounds, impressions is kind of confusing. So many posibilities, so many ways and path where your eyes (being a visual artist the eyes are the most important for me) can go…

And you have to choose and choosing is often a difficult and in itself confusing process… Just look at a women trying to choose what she is going to wear for a party…

I tend now to think that this choosing process, this selection of one image, of one set of colors, of a certain composition or cropping of an image is, maybe, an essential choice for an artist. A slight difference in choosing and you have a flop. Another choosing and you have a very good painting… Of course, things are much more complex and the psychological subtleties could fill a volume let alone a modest post…

Here it is one of my last results of a choosing process as an artist. Per se, the landscape was extremely common and simple. The upper side of a building and some storm clouds. I am not that displeased with the result, though…

Copyright Dan Iordache, 2008

8 responses to “Interlude: a matter of choice…

  1. I like your stormy sky and the tree with the pale leaves. It always looks like they show their light backsides just before a storm, doesn’t it? That’s also nice how your storm (nature) builds and swirls above that unaffected white rectangle of a building (man-stuff, reason).

  2. Thanks, swallows. What I could not paint was the fresh, very specific smell of the ozoned air…

  3. DaNu-le, chiar ca poti fi multumit de acest peisaj, elaborat si degajat, in acelasi timp; o adevarata demonstratie de virtuozitate plastica…

  4. Si mie imi place, ovidiu, mai ales ca mi-am platit cu el ultima parte din datoria pe care o mai aveam… Mersi de vizita…

  5. Like those clouds. I don’t know if you intended it but it looks like the sun peaking through in the middle.

  6. Better eyes than mine, bill… I didn’t observe that and the sun is a happy happening… but you know what they say, “better lucky than good”…

  7. bobcornelis

    Wonderful sky!

    I completely agree with this issue of “editing” one’s images. Photographers live and die by this because they are essentially “finding” images that are already there. So they have to edit reality selectively and then edit the images they take down even further. Often we overlook the best images at either step of the way!

    Painters have a similar dilemma, compounded by the complication that they can alter reality as they see fit. Then it’s really complicated!

    Just one of the many challenges artists confront with each and every piece…

  8. Thanks, Bob! Probably the choosing is even more important for photographers whom have not so many posibilities to alter reality (painters have also the texture, the brush strokes, etc.) so that “choosing” a fragment of reality becomes essential. Cartier Bresson, I think, talked about this – and about chance and right timing…

    Of course, if you don’t use Photoshop & comp to alter the photography… but then it’s not longer photography, it’s something else…

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