There is a soul in a painted portrait. It's the mixture of the auras of both the artist and the subject. I often joke that I like to paint portraits so much, because it makes me feel like I have company. I, haltingly admit, I talk to the portrait paintings as they sit in various states of finish around my studio. I'm a very solitary person, but with them around, I never feel alone.
Edgar Degas said, "Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality," and I must agree. Drawings can be spontaneous or the artist can render them to the point the are essentially paintings made with dry medium. Drawing and sketching, for me, is the purest form of communication between myself and the subject.
I like to paint nature mortes, (still lifes), because they are in life, even though, they're not alive. Which means, they don't move, or change quickly, on their own. This gives me more time to paint. I set stuff up on a shelf or a table and I paint it. But, it's not just any stuff. The objects are a part of my life. Often, they symbolize things. For instance, pears are very figural to me. I can't set pears on a shelf and not see them playing out a story amongst themselves.
Beyond symbolic, or instead of symbolism, some of the objects in my nature morte paintings are simply important to me, because they were given to me as gifts and they remind me of the giver. They may be pieces of my family's past and allow me to reflect upon the lives of my ancestors, while I'm painting things they once held in their hands. Sometimes, I paint things simply because, I think they're pretty. Beauty is a powerful muse.
Paintings, drawings, and musings of artist Kimber Scott.