“When you go out to paint try to forget what object you have in front of you – a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact colour and shape, until it emerges as your own naive impression of the scene before you.”
Over the years photography for me became much more than recording where I have been. Conveying the impression that the scene in front of me leaves on my mind became more important than a purely literal representation.
In my photographs I strive to capture the atmosphere and emotions that the surrounding world evokes in me, and hopefully pass on the feeling to the viewers. Photo impressionism is one of the techniques that allows to simplify the subject down to its essence, and reveal the sense that it creates. Similarly to when you glance at a scene without focusing on detail. The impression it leaves is that of colours, shapes and textures.
“Impressionism means taking inspiration directly from nature, trusting your senses rather than what you think you know.”
“I try to apply colors
like words that shape poems,
like notes that shape music.”
“Impressions are like pearls; ideas are like the string that turns the pearls into a necklace. The string is invisible, but it is not dispensable and cannot be broken.”
“The power of suggestive is much greater than the statement of reality.”
C. W. Mundy
“Working in white makes people look into it. White is ethereal. There’s a purity to it, it makes things look elevated in a way. There’s a whole palette of white…”
“If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue”
“If we were to imagine an orange on the blue side or green on the red side or violet on the yellow side, it would give us the same impression as a north wind coming from the southwest.”
“I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell. If it doesn’t turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it.”
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”
“The forest is essential, the trees incidental.”
William F. Reese
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
Vincent van Gogh
“Light is therefore colour.”
Joseph Mallord William Turner
“Color and light must be entirely melted into one and felt as such – and light must be expressed as it is felt as color.”
Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.”
“Sometimes I will look away very quickly, and freeze frame that first impression, pleased with myself that I have outsmarted my own smartness, and perceived a colour as it actually is.”
“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”
“Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.”
Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees….
Are we not better and at home
In dreamful Autumn, we who deem
No harvest joy is worth a dream?
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then, let us dream…