Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Art of Seeing

Galata tower, watercolour and pastel 

Snow is good, it teaches you to see. Learning to see is something it's taking me a lifetime to understand. One can see a scene so many times and one instinctively knows when it's beckoning to be captured on paper.  It seems that something clicks in the mind and one just knows how to go about the work ahead. It also interestingly seems to be pointless to try too hard before that mysterious moment of ripeness in one's imagination.


So indeed snow brings our surroundings to life, contrasts, cajoles and rewards our seeing with great freshness.  


I wish I could be so positive about the effect snow has on the traffic in this great city.



2 comments:

K Howell said...

Lucky people, receiving snow! You might like EH Gombrich's Art and Illusion. Brilliant book...

Ewen MacDonald watercolouristanbul said...

I'll look it up, thanks, snow looks great on a ancient mosque, not so good when it's black, piled up by the side of a freeway etc...

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