My Favourite Painting
This hubpage was inspired by a question that someone asked about what everyone's favorite painting was, I didn't have to think about it for too long - although I have quite a lot of paintings that are in the top list of favorites, for some reason this one just grabs me and I can look at it forever.
I think the main reason I love this painting is because I just love the colours and how they are used with the charcoal greys. I guess the composition comes into it but why do any of us like certain paintings - there must be something in our brain somewhere that says a painting is pleasing to the eye! I always like to add lots of colour to my own paintings so I guess I was always going to pick my favourite painting as one that had a lot of colour in itself.
I saw this painting in the flesh a while ago at an exhibition at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. They had an amazing exhibition of paintings on loan from the Guggenheim as a precursor to the Guggenheim actually opening in Abu Dhabi. There were lots of other fantastic paintings there by the likes of Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian and the like.
Although I do love colour there were also some abstracts that were just black and white that really grabbed me too - how can something so simple be such a masterpiece?
Franz Marc - The Unfortunate Land of Tyrol (Das arme Land Tirol)
Franz Marc on Amazon
Some Other Influences
I am influenced by a lot of other artists but a few of the main ones are mentioned above: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian. I hugely love the work of Mark Rothko - another artist whose paintings I can just stare at for ages - even though they are simple the colours just draw you in. As a lot of the art I do is abstract so that is my main source of inspiration. I also love van Gogh and Monet and admire the work of some of the more traditional artists like John Constable.
I did start off doing watercolour painting and I also really enjoy working with oil paints but because I sell my work and can be asked to do a large order in a short space of time I really need to make acrylic paint my focus so that I can get the volume out.
Marian L (author) from UK on October 29, 2010:
Hi Gareth, I think there are a number of different buyers out there and to generalise I think they come in 3 different categories - those who buy art for decorative purposes - i.e. it is going to look nice in their house etc, those who buy it for investment - self-explanatory and they may or may not like the artwork, and those that buy it because there is some kind of emotional pull to the artwork (which sounds like the people who bought yours?). Maybe this doesn't cover everything but this is just my personal perspective on art buyers.
Gareth Pritchard from North Wales on October 20, 2010:
I think the two people who wanted to buy that picture wanted it because it was so not like anything else in that exhibition but saying that I became friends with them through trying to find out why they wanted to buy it. I put so much effort into trying to find out why, we got to know each other so became friends as a result.
They none of them could really tell me why they like liked it other than to say it was different or unusual or they just liked it and believe me I tried hard to discover the secret.
I think people who buy art buy it for different reasons than the reasons they actually like it, I think they buy it for adornment, dress up the office, the board room, the living room, the kitchen, what ever. The question for me is why do you think they but art?
Marian L (author) from UK on October 19, 2010:
That opens an interesting point Gareth as to whether the people who buy art are on the same wavelength in a way as the artist. Personally I don't think that my art has too much in the way of hidden meanings so I'm not sure if that would be the case or not. But I'm with you on the selling thing - I am totally not a sales person and my paintings are bought rather than me selling them, which is the way I think it should be :-)
Gareth Pritchard from North Wales on October 18, 2010:
I find I have to get back to this just to point out that really I didn't want to sell it, it was a personal painting it was mad because at the time of painting it I was very confused, reluctantly I have to use the word disturbed, I was and it was also.
When I look back now and after becoming friends with both of these people following this event I realise that they where both also disturbed people so perhaps that's what touched them.
I have never tried to sell a painting in my life I don't think, I have sold hundreds but not because I tried it was because people wanted to buy them. I would in fact consider myself to be the worst sales person ever I actually do it best by keeping my mouth shut I think.
Marian L (author) from UK on October 18, 2010:
Thanks for your comments Gareth. You are so right in that a photograph cannot really give the whole and complete impression of a painting, that is one reason why I prefer to sell my paintings in person rather than from a website.
But yes, when working as artists sometimes we have to accept the fact that someone likes something that we think may be crazy so it is always worth giving it a try for sale!
Gareth Pritchard from North Wales on October 17, 2010:
Up until 1988 my opinion of Van Gogh works was they where rubbish, then I went to the Van Gogh Gallery, Amsterdam and I changed my mind, fantastic stuff when you see it for real, wow.
The reason for this was photographs and prints do not give a true representation no matter how good they are, they are pale in significance.
This question "but why do any of us like certain paintings" to me is an obvious question that someone who sells their work would ask but the answer is, there is no single answer we are all individuals.
I think it has everything to do with everything about the individual in question, like elements of the work resemble works I have seen by those you state as your influences.
I once painted a painting called the bleeding blue ears I thought the painting was mad and placed in an exhibition with many very good paintings of fine exquisite detail.
At this time in my life I was also asking the same kind of questions but I was totally shocked by the response to my painting in this exhibition because within minuets of it being sited I was asked to sell it and within minuets of that I was asked again by a completely different person the same thing.
I put the picture up for a laugh but ended up being the only person out of perhaps 40 or 50 people who made a sale.
So I stopped asking the question because it is futile.
Marian L (author) from UK on April 14, 2010:
Yes, James I think you are right but what also intrigues me is how some people see something and like it and others see exactly the same painting and don't! Sometimes it actually makes me think that maybe we see colours differently...but that is another subject! Yes, when I saw it I really couldn't stop looking at it :-)
James Apps on April 14, 2010:
I think it is something to do with the eye being pleased by the composition and the activity within the painting. It has that strange near abstract look that yet is still a painting that is recognisable as a scene when first looked at. I am certain that if I were to see it 'raw' I would want to stop and examine it.