Yes, windows make artists’ lives easier. People love visual images that have a conflict inside, because they are the ones interesting to watch. And a window is the easiest way to create a conflict in a photograph or painting.
Inside vs. Outside
Light vs. Dark
Dull vs. Cheerful
If you don’t know how to create a conflict, paint or photograph a window. Make sure though that there’s at least some difference between the inside and the outside of the window that could be interpreted as a conflict.
In this photograph, for instance, there’s a window, there are flowers, there’s a bag from a jazz festival, but there’s no conflict. It is just a nice photo relevant to my memories of a beautiful summer.
Let me show you two artists who were able to make the conflict just right, with one of them being rather positive, and the other… it is better you see it for yourself.
In this painting (of which I made a photograph) the artist created a conflict between the night outside and the electrical light on the lilacs from the inside. The flowers are made alive by artificial light, very much like Frankenstein. It is a very nice pic, but somewhat disquieting at the same time.
The artist, Valery Secret (that’s his name, I know it is borderline between funny and awkward) is a very good colourist. Fortunately, he is very much alive and active. London will become this painting’s home in February.
The next artist, Igor Obrosov, who died about a decade ago, used to paint flowers and windows as well, but he was repeatedly getting visions of the land of the dead rather than beautiful meadows seen through cottage windows. There is nothing obviously surreal in this painting, but it is eerie and frightening.
It is a great work that opens a window to the world of shadows. Live flowers are dead like Vladimir Lenin in his mausoleum. Two flowers fell down to the table, like eye-balls in a horror flick. Sickly scary, isn’t it?
I understand why Obrosov was a very good artist, but I will never have his work at home.
You see, there are many ways to see flowers on the windowsill.
Sometimes I think that painting takes more time & effort but it is so much easier to paint a conflict than to take a snap of it.
This post was meant to celebrate Valery Secret’s Flowers, which fit the weekly photo challenge much better than my own pic.
Drop me a comment whose paintings (Secret or Obrosov) you may want to see in a greater detail, please, and we’ll keep going!
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