The Sight & Insight Podcast

Sight and Insight - Episode 7: Memory Painting

May 14, 2018


"It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory." - Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
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This week, Connie, David and Judy talk about memory painting. How does it help the outdoor artist? Is the memory trustworthy to work from, or is it better to have a photograph? Is photographic color honest? Or should the artist work at training his or her memory to remember color notes, shapes, masses and pictorial gestures? Listen in to the convwersation and feel free to drop the crew a message if you have something to add. 

"A cultivation of the taste, by a proper degree of attention to literature and the fine arts, elevates the mind above trivial cares and conventional jealousies, giving it a vigorous independence, and a fund of inexhaustible resources within itself. They present a means of quiet enjoyment, that gently exhilerates the spirits, and produces a cheerful state of mind highly conducive to health."*

*Huntington, D L. Manual of the Fine Arts. Vol. 20, A. S. Barnes & Company, 1874, p. 23

So, before you grab your paints, canvas and easel, how's your memory?!

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