Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Couple of Favorite Quotes

"Fall Grove"
Oil on Panel

Well, for a while there I was bad about posting because I was sick and not painting and had nothing to say. Now I'm feeling better, but I haven't been posting because I've been swamped meeting deadlines after two months of getting nothing done! If it's not one thing, it's another I suppose.

Anyhow, I just wanted to pass along a couple of quotes by William Wendt that I wrote down when I was reading through the catalog for last year's show at the Laguna Museum. Wendt is one of my favorite landscape painters, and I would have loved to see the show. Alas, I have to be happy with the catalog, which, luckily, is fantastic.

"Nature had more to say than can be caught in a minute, she has lessons for us that may take a lifetime in the learning and I believe she intended that we landscape painters should mix brains with our paint."

I love how he speaks of landscape painting as a lifetime endeavor, and dismisses the idea that it isn't intellectual. I also love this one, which explains so well why I love wilderness and landscape painting:

"Here, the heart of man becomes impressionable. Here, away from conflicting creeds and sects, away from the soul-destroying hurly-burly of life, it feels that the world is beautiful, that man is his brother, that God is good."


  1. the greys are masterful!!!!! love the composition and the feel! Very well done.


  2. Love this painting, the composition is beautiful!

  3. Beautiful composition, beautiful painting.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to write about how to photograph paintings, something which I have been trying to figure out for ages.

  4. Way to go Stacey. Very nice painting!

  5. A lovely lovely lovely painting. The world is beautiful and you are so good at expressing it.

  6. Lovely painting! I've always heard the "mix brains with paint" quote attributed to Edgar Payne. In fact its in his book! I wonder if Payne stole it from Wendt or the other way around!

  7. Love the painting, good design,good flow, wonderful pattet. Peace and serentiy come to my mind. Altogether a wonderful painting.