Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Why Do You Paint Telephone Poles?


Scraytonify asks: "Why do you choose to paint the scenes you do with telephone poles and wires and fire hydrants?" 

Answer: I like the stuff we normally overlook. We tune them out of our ordinary habitual awareness, but we'll be nostalgic for them when they're gone.

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Watch the painting being made on my Gumroad tutorial "Casein Painting in the Wild."

6 comments:

SummaSummanum said...

Also, it is convenient as a way to indicate scale, perspective, and sense of reality. A certain _thereness_.

Jim Douglas said...

Also, I enjoy how telephone poles illustrate concepts of mass and line.

Susan Krzywicki said...

Also, the way you paint them is gorgeous - the color you use and the variability of your lines and strokes.

Pyracantha said...

Didn't they used to call that style the "Ashcan School"?

Pyracantha said...

Didn't they used to call that style the "Ashcan School?"

Karen Thumm said...

Have to disagree with you on this one, James. I will NOT be nostalgic for telephone and power poles and wires IF they ever disappear. There is a reason I try to ignore them and don't include them in my art. I'm a country girl at heart.