Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane, co-author Rainy Day Thought, where they write about ideas and creativity. Diane posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments, relating to the topic, are welcome as it turns an article into a discussion, but must be in English and not include profanity or threats.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

To use photo inspiration or not.

In my paintings I will  not borrow the color arrangement in these photographic compositions. I will not reproduce the detail that is recognizably in these pictures. Turneffe Flats Adventure Guide, Abel Coe, gave those of us who he took snorkeling permission to publish his pictures on the internet or publish them in a book if we give him a copy. Yet copying his pictures in paint is plagiarism. And also important is the split second  exposure makes a picture frozen in time unlike how I am experienced it.


Rain Trueax said...

Anything you put on canvas or print is a moment in time. It's what we as buyers of the images want with a painting or a photograph for our walls. I don't see the problem so long as it's our own work. I rarely have any photo stay the composition that the camera gave it. These days, it's also easy to take out whatever distracts from my vision for it. Zen is what we seek, that moment in time. Of course, if instead of a happening, it's an emotion, that's a whole different problem.

Diane Widler Wenzel said...

Absolutely Western paintings in the past were close to being a moment in time. Thanks for expressingan idealic opinion.
The act of making a painting might be a momment in time. Chinese paintings made before cameras depicted landscapes from three points and sometimes depicted four seasons in one painting. Asian influences are well documented in the 20th century Western Modernist movements.
In a painting that takes two houw to paint, a span of different emotions often emerge.