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Old 04-13-2007, 08:08 PM
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What subjects hold no interest to you?

Recently we talked about what we like to paint. What don't you like to paint?

I appreciate flowers, and paintings people do of them, but have no desire to paint them. Same goes for Still Life. I also don't have a great interest in painting animals, although I plan to do a series of my 3 pets: 2 cats and a dog.

A side question: do you feel like you "should" paint things you're not interested in? For what reason?
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Old 04-13-2007, 08:32 PM
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

I have been, told by Jerry Yarnell, it is good for an artist to paint something they are not interested in because it makes them a more rounded artist. And everyone learns for each painting they do. If you paint only what you like you get in a rut. I like to paint landscapes. I don't like to paint people, I like to paint animals but I can't so I try every once in a while. I didn't like still lifes but have found I do after doing a few. I want to paint street scenes, but have not tried very many. Jan
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

Still life. never have, never will.

And people portraits are beyond my ability.
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Old 04-13-2007, 08:34 PM
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

Urban scenery too is taboo.
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Old 04-13-2007, 08:41 PM
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

still life and animals. I do have to do more of both, I'm taking a class that covers still life and I sure learned a lot doing them. I'll never hang them up, but they are very good to learn about composition, values, shadows, all that. And - funny enough - after a while they are fun to paint. I'm thinking about doing a couple based on recipes of food I love, has the benefit that I can then cook and eat the things I set up

I love animals (live and on my plate) but have little interest in painting them. As part of a scene yes, but not as subject. I rather practice nudes
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

I have never enjoyed portraiture...which is strange because it's something i am proficient at. It's also where most of the bread and butter money is to be made as an artist.
I also refuse to paint mundane, arbitrary landscapes, or anything else which will not give me the freedom to express some form of passion. I guess that rules out super-realism too.
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

Pet portraits.
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

I always try to challenge myself and paint things I am not fond of and now and again in a color I am not fond of. I think it helps me overcome some of my fears, strengthens me as a painter and teaches me that I may not dislike things as much as I first think.
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

People, but I plan to force myself to practice more even though I will have to work on getting in the right mood to do so. Otherwise, I like to paint just about everything else.
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:22 PM
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

I like looking at still life and abstract paintings, yet I don't enjoy painting them. With still life, I can never make an interesting composition.

As for abstract painting I've tried it plenty of times. I've no idea in my mind of what I should do and I struggle to paint shapes and colours on the canvas. When I've finished I don't like what I've done because it doesn't satisfy me. So with a sigh of relief I've recently decided not to try any more abstract painting.
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

I like paintings that tell or at least imply a story, narrative if you prefer. The subject can be almost anything. What doesn't energize me are portraits (people or pets) and still life that are not in some sort of context. I enjoy seeing what others have done of this sort, but it doesn't get my creative juices flowing. That said, I do some studies and assorted sketches of these kinds of things to develop skills.
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

Portraits don't thrill me. But I have been considering a series of portraits, so I guess they don't thrill me as little as I thought. I am on the fence with it, so it may be a while until I do any.
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

I really dislike landscapes. They're so boring.
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Old 04-14-2007, 02:31 AM
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

I like organic forms. So I usually don't do buildings (unless ruins), Also I'm not fond of still lifes (unless very unconventional still lifes).
Another thing I will never ever paint is magical realism. I totally dislike that.
On the other hand: 10 years ago I said that I would never do a painting using all primary colours (or two of three of them) together. And now look what I paint!!
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Re: What subjects hold no interest to you?

I have painted almost everything. Portraits, figures, still lives, abstracts, landscapes, seascapes, buildings and castles, flowers. I kinda like everything but my passion is of course for my seascapes.

Howard has a good point about colours - that's probably more of my avoidance practice. Warm colours don't click with me much. So while I use magenta, umbers and siennas they are as undercolours or highlights for my overall blue, green, grey, lavender paintings. Every once in a while I do a 'warm' painting to throw into the mix but generally it's a battle. Saying that though I *never* used green until a couple years ago. I put it down to my obsessive side, I tend to focus on a small set of similar colours for a while (I only did purple paintings for about 3 years!). Now I can't seem to not use green! But it took finding Golden's sap green to get into it. Perhaps one day I'll have a 'warm' colour period. I doubt it, but never say never.

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