|I don't know what others may think, but I think this is one of my best pastels, and there are almost 150 of them online.|
It's only a monochrome sketch, but here I achieved what I was trying for, a convincing rendering of rocky textures. There is a center of interest, one stone that is a bit brighter and more detailed than the others.
I've just repaired the image, using GIMP to compensate for loss of contrast in scanning.
from Sonnets from the Portuguese
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
How do I love the artwork of Rene Wiley? Let me count the ways...
She is practically my neighbor, having a studio/gallery in my adopted home town. I walk past it regularly, and sometimes stop in to see what is new. I don't think I've met Rene herself, though I've met her husband and her daughter (married, and an artist in her own right) when they were minding the studio/gallery.
Her work is unclassifiable, so far as I can tell. It is not tediously photorealistic, but neither is it sloppy or amateurish. None of the conventional labels I know of -- Impressionism, Expressionism, etc -- fits it at all. It is sui generis.
Any work of hers grabs me in a way no photograph of similar subject matter ever could. I know that for a fact, because the subjects of many of her works are as familiar as my own back yard.
I like to tell myself that she is showing me, not how the world actually looks, but how it is reconstructed in her mind, improved by the elimination of boring detail.
Nothing important is lost in translation, nothing is distorted, the essence of things is sharpened and emphasized. I think it is true to say of her work, as it has been said of others, that it is not abstract, but more real than mere reality.
I claim to be a professional artist, because I have actually sold a few paintings, though none recently.|
Favourite genre of music: anything but rock or grand opera. By "rock" I mean any of various contemporary genres, including rap, heavy metal, techno etc, characterized by raucous monotony. I don't include jazz.
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favourite style of art: abstract (algorithmic or mathematical), not "abstract"
Operating System: Linux, Ubuntu distribution
MP3 player of choice: vlc
Shell of choice: bash (Bourne Again Shell), Python
Wallpaper of choice: Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526 (see webcam)
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin (& Hobbes)