“As an artist, I’d choose the thing that’s beautiful more than the one that’s true.”
–Laurie Anderson, Composer, Singer, and Performance Artist
Sunflowers are happy flowers – aren’t they?
They are sunny and bright and cheerful.
I painted this version of a sunflower – that may not really look like a sunflower to you – but I fell in love with. And I rarely say that about my own art, so it is super exciting for me.
It is 11×14 and painted on the most glorious Fabriano Artistico 300lb “Soft” paper that is so cottony soft and buttery, I love to just feel it!
When I came upon this quote by Laurie Anderson, it so resonated with my feelings about art. I would choose beautiful over true too.
I choose to paint what I love and feel is beautiful over an exact likeness. I can take a photo if I want an exact likeness. (And I do so admire artists who can create exact likeness with paint and brushes – don’t get me wrong – it’s just not where I find my joy – at least right now.) But to create a feeling of beauty, that is what I choose to love about painting.
Cheers & Hugs,