I was trying to paint a picture today, but seems the color i was using was just a pigment of my imagination...

 

But then, comes the storm, and turner did like a good storm. More than that, turner understood a good storm. If you put that storm at sea? A double whammy. Water from above water from below, wind changing the landscape every second, creating mountains and valleys of watery slopes, waves breaking, clouds gathering, ships fighting for their lives.

 

 

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JMW Turner - The storm trooper

The critics said turner paintings were 'unfinished' which for me is a great compliment. Especially as he was trying to capture nature's spirit in all its might , fury, glory and wonderful light shining through clouds and reflecting on the raging ocean waves. How can you ever "finish" something like that ?

For me turner was an expressionist, but that is just because I refuse to except all those stupid time and place limitations of groups and movements. Turner refused to admit he is one, and said he just paints what he sees. Turner was either stupid or forcefully humble in order to not upset his crowd, anyway it is better to look at his work and not listen to what he says.
 
I don't paint so that people will understand me, I paint to show what a particular scene looks like. "
If you look at his romantic work you will see he is doing exactly as he said, taking a beautiful representation of a pretty moment in time and space, capturing the light that plays with the colors and the textures, in such perfect craftsmanship it is not even cheesy, as romantics usually are, but genuinely, truly beautiful. And nothing more.

But then, comes the storm, and turner did like a good storm. More than that, turner understood a good storm. If you put that storm at sea? A double whammy. Water from above water from below, wind changing the landscape every second, creating mountains and valleys of watery slopes, waves breaking, clouds gathering, ships fighting for their lives.
You can't paint a storm like that without knowing what it is to be a storm. It was not a frightened representation of nature's force, but a celebration, like Shakespeare's 'tempest' it was standing bare-chested in front of god's wrath yelling "give me all you got! I can take it"
 
If I could find anything blacker than black, I'd use it. "
 

Now, I am going to say something that is going to be considered sacrilegious by many art fans and conesours. But when I see a turner painting, the first thought that jumps to my mind is that I want to use it as a background for my photos. Maybe a nice strange nude in front of it.

I know, I know, reducing one of the greatest british artists, who was considered the father of impressionism, to a mere backdrop for a shoot might seem a bit harsh, but I see it as a great compliment. The amount of life that you can find in one piece of sky turner painted works on a level which is pure art, almost accidental, always fresh, always so organic it seems impossible a thinking mind drew it.

The fact most of his work, especially from this category, was almost monochromatic, using variations and manipulations of one or two colors, just makes it even more perfect as a backdrop.

Turner painted the perfect, no other word for it, background to his paintings. At one point, if you look at the progress of the work, he himself discovered that It is such a perfect background it can actually work without the foreground, standing on its own. So I am not that sacrilegious after all.

Turner is a good example for another sad truth about the art market at large. For me, his watercolor work is ten times better than his oil paintings. It has so much more flexibity and depth to it, and it is working on a level that abstract painters would "discover" only years later, but they still sell for a fraction of the oil paintings. Go figure.

All in all. Great painter who didn’t understand himself.

 
The mind of the people is like mud, from which arise strange and beautiful things.
 
Slideshow http://youtu.be/dFZ3fNG3vWk
Slideshow details http://youtu.be/JaTmlPJAJWM
Down to the sea http://youtu.be/8hea4EGL7Pc