Monday, December 20, 2010

Sculpture and Painting

Most sculptors believe that painters have it easy.
Stream 14.5 x 14.5 x2  inches from the quartet Journey. The Nature of Water Series © by Patrick Gracewood
Paint and canvas are cheap compared to mold making materials like rubber, casting metals and foundry costs. Painting's physical labor is easy compared to the exertion required for carving, fabrication, or casting. Painting can be a solo art where sculpture requires team work- even if it's a team of one.

Stream in GFRG before coloring © Patrick Gracewood
That's all true until I begin to paint my sculpture.

Years ago, I thought I could choose form and be able to forget about color.  Just oil the wood carving or seal the marble and it's done. I love the white on white monochromatic subtle forms of the plasters. But that doesn't mean others will understand without the color that helps tell the story.

Color is so seductive.

1 comment:

Theresa Cheek said...

color is the soul of the piece