Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Spring Dogwoods III - Impressionist Painting by Adam Houston

Spring Dogwoods III

Oil on Canvas|12" x 6"

I’ve been at this now for 10 weeks and am finally starting to get it. I hope. What I learned on this one is that instead of focusing on painting a specific object I should only focus on painting.

Every object in the world is a random series of weird shapes and blobs of colors that our mind translates into an apple, pear or landscape. Up to this point I have still been painting what I think something should look like instead of what is right in front of me.

The truth is almost always weirder than what you assume something looks like and without that weirdness the paintings don’t snap together.

3 Comments
  • “Up to this point I have still been painting what I think something should look like instead of what is right in front of me.

    “The truth is almost always weirder than what you assume something looks like . . .”

    Reformed theology has served you well!

  • Adam Houston says:

    There is no escaping it…

    BTW, why do I picture you saying that in a Yoda voice?

  • Have any idea, I do not.

    But I guess it would have to be either Yoda’s voice or Darth Vader’s. As I’m not buff enough to be Vader, Yoda it is.

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