I thought, if only as an excuse to blog, I'd run a series of Artists that have influenced me in either the way I want to paint or to be a painter in the first place. These posts will be short and to the point. These are personal views and I am not trying to make judgments on any Artists or statements on art, just what they mean to me.
Pissaro is solely responsible for me wanting to paint in what I would call the impressionistic end of realism. I saw his paintings at the National Gallery and knew then and there I wanted to paint in a loose style. I much prefer oil sketches to finished oil paintings in many cases. I am not or want to be a photo-realist.
'Fox Hill, Upper Norwood'
1870, Camillie Pissaro
This painting told me all I need to know about the way I want to paint. I think it would all too easy to start painting in a very realistic style and I often have to stop myself going down that road. This is something that will develop over time I want to paint 'paint' more than I want to paint objects but I need more experience to express this as I would like.