Monday, June 17, 2013

Hearkening Autumn

"Hearkening Autumn" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
On a warm day I think of cooler weather and the fruits of that cooler season. This little painting was a joy to paint - and I love the juxtaposition of the orangish red tones agains the lavender & periwinkle tones of the shadows. Some of my favorite colors. This has a more effortless quality that I love and strive to do more of in my work.

During this time of transition, I am reminded of a very lengthy quote full of artistic advice by the artist Milford Zornes. I find it most assuring.

"To decide to become a painter or an artist in any field is not so much a matter of choosing a profession as it is following a way of life and thought. An art career cannot be a business. One may have to be professional in order to work successfully and he may have to be business-like in order to survive, but to be an artist, 
one must be a person.

My suggestion would be to simply set about being a good painter and a good designer. Paint pictures. Let every picture be a challenge to speak graphically in the most forceful and colorful way possible. Let every picture be an effort to speak some truth about a subject, or to present an abstract form from your imagination to 
stimulate the imagination of others.

Do not be afraid of making a bad picture, but never make a bad picture by intention to make it acceptable or salable. Always paint a picture for yourself;
never paint one to sell.

Be sure that if you are a good painter, you are needed and that your pictures are needed. In the world of stereotypes we live in there is a need for what a painter can see and what he can say. Do not use your painting;
use yourself for your painting.

Best of luck to you. Milford Zornes"
(as published in American Artist 1986)


  1. This is beautiful, Laura! I love these colors, too. Gorgeous! And thanks for sharing Mr. Zornes' words with us. Very inspirational. I hope you're having a great week!

  2. Thank you Darla. Great to hear from you again. Isn't Mr Zornes message powerful.


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