A watercolor question

I’m wondering, specifically about taking a photo and then making a painting from it.

Isn’t  the photo enough?  What does the painting add to the experience?  We have the advantage of photography as an art form now.  Why do we paint then?  I can understand the artist is expressing his vision of reality.  Maybe that explains abstraction.  Does the painting mean more than the photo?

Have I totally confused you?  I sure would welcome your comments.

With that said, I did have fun composing a still life to photograph and then, paint:

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Here is my finished painting:

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I learned  much by completing this painting, so in that it has value.

Here are a few  quotes I found on the subject:

All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this–as in other ways–they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.  -John Berger
I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.  -Man Ray
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.-Susan Sontag
Yes, construct, not just disclose.
Have a great Sunday!
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4 thoughts on “A watercolor question”

  1. Thanks Laurie, Jeff and Kathie for your comments! Jeff you are right, whatever I paint right now is practice, so painting from a photo is a good place to start.

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