I was asked to give a talk at the local Photographic Society on the subject "the difference between a photograph and a painting". This was my attempt at answering!
If we take the subject of landscape, before the making of the image can begin – be it by clicking the shutter or stretching the canvas and wielding the paintbrush – one has to SEE THE POTENTIAL OF THE SUBJECT. I think ones eye becomes trained to do this. I remember when I first started sketching I used a piece of card with a square cut out to focus on an area of landscape the total scene before me was just to overwhelming. The viewfinder on a camera also does this of course.
While the image is being captured on a camera or sketchbook, all the aspects of mood, weather etc have gone into ones brain with the image. This is so different to using an image from a postcard or one taken off the computer screen which you haven’t EXPERIENCED.
A painting then allows the artist to retain all the essential features of the subject and leave out the rest, in order to create a UNIQUE VISION!
KATHY E WATSON NEW ZEALAND ARTIST
"Colour is the influence of the soul: colour is a keyboard, the eyes are the hammers and the soul is the piano with many strings. The artists the hand that plays, touching one key or another purpose fully, to create vibrations of the soul".