|Paul WeberAbout the Artist|
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Materials, Methods, and Inspiration
Each painting is a synthesis of observed facts, memory, and strong feelings about the subject. It's almost as if the observed subject becomes overlain with a "feeling layer", like a transparency. This is something a photograph can never do, and why my paintings are not like photographs. Painting is a very complicated process that I do not fully understand.
There is a marvelous synthesis of vision, feeling, and technique realized in the works of painters that inspire me. Contemplation of nature is another source of my inspiration. The glow of natural light, palpable atmosphere, transition of color and value from light to shadow are never-ending sources of pleasure and amazement.
Some thoughts on Painting
A good painting transcends description by embodying symbolic content. For example, a white cup is more than a white cupit is an empty vessel which symbolizes a quiet mind empty of thought, ambition, and distraction. An acorn symbolizes a giant oak tree, a tremendous compression of the former tree from which it issued and the potential for another vast tree in the future, thus standing as a bridge between the past and the future, the realized and the possible. These symbols create a resonance in the mind and heart of the viewer, and I believe a good painting successfully integrates symbols within the form of the painting.
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