Saturday, June 2, 2007

Half-Peeled Lemon

6” x 6” (15.2cm x 15.2cm) acrylic on gessoed Masonite®
Commissioned painting not available for sale

This painting was also done at the request of a collector. It’s always an interesting challenge to meet the requirements of a subject and idea suggested by someone else. This, of course, is not a new idea. Artists throughout history have worked on commissions or a specific subject requested by a collector or patron. One of the great masterpieces of art history is the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo. It’s interesting that Michelangelo was not satisfied to just meet Pope Julius’s requirements but went on to make a painting that went far beyond what the Pope had expected or required of him. There is something in the artists temperament that pushes the artist to always satisfy his/her own aesthetic values as well as those imposed by a patron.

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1 comment:

Jelaine Faunce said...

Yes, I agree with what you say about how we push ourselves. I've caught myself doing that many times. People say I'm too hard on myself, when I personally think that I'm just looking for a little more. As exhausting as it may be at times, the pursuit of that extra "rush" from what I paint..well, it's an addiction.

You did a magnificent job with the lemon. I love it.