Here are a few more words from Arthur Maderson, one of my favourite present-day painters:
"The overwhelming thrust of advice from many of our finest figurative painters, from Constable to Cezanne, has been to develop skills in seeing PURE VISUAL INFORMATION. Cezanne said that the painter "must always follow the logic of his eyes. If he feels accurately, he will think accurately. Painting is primarily a matter of optics. the matter of our art lies there, in what our eyes are thinking".
However, we do need to learn all we can about colour, in order to sharpen up our awareness to visual information. One painter, when looking at a nude, will see small variations within the concept of "flesh colour" whereas Bonnard once said "I see thousands of tiny tints, I have to try and find ones which will live and make the flesh vibrate like that on my canvas". And Monet said "Paint it just as it LOOKS TO YOU, the exact colour and shape until it gives your own naive impression of the scene before you". If we sharpen up our knowledge of the world of colour, and at the same time, allow ourselves to really see what is before us, instead of just painting what we think "ought" to be there, then, as Arthur Maderson says "once one has perceived nature in terms of delicate stabs of colour, then there is no going back, the world takes on the aspect of crushed jewels. Extraordinary things begin to happen. The gap between the act of painting and nature ceases to exist. nature looks like a painting. Your attention is distracted from what a person is saying because their left ear has turned a transparent orange/red, and viridian hues are detected in a passage of reflected light on their lower jaw. What was ordinary appears extra-ordinary."
I am still striving to achieve this.......it is not easy, but it certainly is exciting, and much more exciting than laboriously painting in windows because "they were there".
If you would like to see some of Arthur's works do click here:
The works of Arthur Maderson
Hus work appeared in 'International Artist' where he was one of only eight European artists featured in 'Modern Master Painters of the World'.