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How to Look Inside a Painting

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Thoughts on the wonderful things you might find looking at a painting. By cartoonist and illustrator Betsy Streeter.

Thoughts on the wonderful things you might find looking at a painting. By cartoonist and illustrator Betsy Streeter.

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    How to Look Inside a Painting How to Look Inside a Painting Presentation Transcript

    • Next time you look at a painting, Here’s something to consider: Copyright 2008 Betsy Streeter | www.betsystreeter.com
    • Somewhere on that canvas, Under all that color, Is the first mark The artist made To get started.
    • What do you suppose It looked like?
    • What was the artist Thinking about?
    • A painting is much more than A picture of something Or someone…
    • It is the story of Everything that happened Between the first mark And the last dab of paint.
    • So think of the artist, Standing there, Deciding what to do next.
    • Maybe some things Got messed up And had to be fixed.
    • Maybe some mistakes Got incorporated Into the final picture.
    • Maybe the paint didn’t mix Very well that day.
    • A painting is A recording of that journey for you to see.
    • The journey may have taken Only a few minutes, or It might have taken Years.
    • Paintings and drawings Are filled with the life Of the artist.
    • So next time you go to a museum And look at a painting, Or a drawing, Or a piece of pottery,…
    • Perhaps the artist Will be standing there With you.
    • P.S. Here is a wonderful book about painting: “What Painting Is” by James Elkins. Thanks for Reading!