Landscape by Balthus, 1957
Landscape by Picaso 1919
Landscape, David Hockney 2011
View of Grandville Avenue, 2010, Rick Beerhorst
I painted outside yesterday in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood of Grand Rapids MI. This neighborhood is almost completely Hispanic though originally it was Dutch. I really like it for the way it is built into the river valley and the old factories in walking distance from the houses.
I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture what I see before me. It feels good to absorb the colors and the textures that are all around me when I sit down at my easel and begin to really see. By the time I done with a session and cleaning my pallet I have the sense of having done a good thing. I feel renewed and satisfied. It feels like good work.
Of course there is also resistance. I am plagued with the thought that painting the landscape is old fashioned and no longer worth doing. It is not moving painting forward. It is not being innovative. I do my best to push past these negative thoughts and paint anyway because I choose not to judge my work like that. All I can do is follow this interest and hope that it takes me into making good art. I also feel like I have some things to learn about my self and where I live in the process.