Thursday, December 17

Painting Is Personal

Acrylic on Canvas Panel
 7 x 5 in/17.8 x 12.7 cm
Copyright Byrne Smith 2015
Few activities in life are as personal to an individual as painting. Artists and painters allow their inner-most creativity to be outwardly viewable.

If that's not personal, I don't know what is.

Painting is usually a singular and solitary event accomplished by one's own self. Of course, there have been painters who paint alongside one another (you may have seen Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, and Herman Pekel--the Three Amigos--painting together in Paris on YouTube), but usually not.

Not only do painters allow viewers inside their creative thinking to see their skills in composition, color, and value, they also invite them into their personal world, if only for a few moments when they look at a painting. What a privilege.

A personal painting is a gift from the artist to the world and should be treated as such.  


  1. I certainly agree,Byrne. We artists have,perhaps,a different way of looking at the world than others. I am often moved by the smallest things;a feather,stone or call of a bird. My artist statement says as much,that I want to evoke a feeling,a memory that will,for a moment even,take one to a different place. Even sadness. Have a nice holiday. Looking ahead to a new year of painting possibilities.

    1. Same to you, and thank you for your thoughtful reply, beautifully said. I like your idea of looking ahead to new painting possibilities