“Once, Picasso was asked what his paintings meant. He said, “Do you ever know what the birds are singing? You don’t. But you listen to them anyway.” So, sometimes with art, it is important
just to look.”
This quote appeared on my facebook page today. Picasso has always been one of my favorite artists (along with Dali). I can’t really put to words what drew me in, as I was hooked at a young age. He has definitely influenced some of the work I’ve done over the years. I even picked one of his paintings for an art class project. We were to visit a museum and copy one of the paintings. I chose the Mandolin, Fruit Bowl and Plaster Arm.
It’s interesting to come back and look at this so many years later. Dimensions are a little off, but the general shapes are there. The hand didn’t fully come out, but I think that has to do with the fact that I was working in pencil and then numbering all the spaces to “paint” at home. I didn’t want to spend too much of my mother’s time. I couldn’t even tell you how much time even passed. I was so very focused. I’ve occasionally thought of coming back to it and redoing some of the faded colors, either on the actual copy or in photoshop, but I decided to just let it be.