Monday, March 19, 2007

Waterhouse Summary

I think I am getting close on finishing this one. I'm playing with the title "A Little Shy". This, I think, is my final Waterhouse offering for the month. Having said that, there isn't much here to remind one of Waterhouse. I was gunning for:
Beyond that, there a few things I learned (or was reminded of) from Waterhouse:
  • you can make a career out of being good at one thing (he's always got a long-haired lady - they are beautiful and could all be sisters!)
  • meticulous detail can fall short of photo-realism and be more intriguing than photo-realism
  • everyday life is beautiful, see Good Neighbours
  • scenery and background can set a mood, see Miranda
  • a cold, windy day can be glorious, see Boreas
At the beginning of the month I felt as though Waterhouse was unattainable for me (and that all those people who said they were too busy for a study this month were much smarter than I was). But, as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Now, here at the end of the month, I feel as though I've had a really good stretch artistically and I'm better off for the challenge. All that to say, I learned a great deal from the study this month and look forward to carrying on in April with a different master.


Maggie Stiefvater said...

Nicely done - and you know that the lessons you learn now will blossom even more over the coming months even if you can't put everything you learned into pracice right away. I often have an "oh, DUH!" moment months after I learn something. Finally I'm able to actually DO what I KNEW about before.

Rose Welty said...

Thanks Maggie and you are right about some ideas taking time to "ferment".