"What is one to think of those fools who tell one that the artist is always subordinate to nature? Art is a harmony parallel with nature." -Paul Cezanne
Ever heard the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder?" Most of us have and generally agree with the statement. However, what is central to this statement and understanding the one above? Perspective!
Two things as separate as nature and art can be seen simultaneously, and a certain similarity is seen that begins to blend them and tie them together in the viewer's mind. Many believe this is because art imitates nature, and though in many instances throughout history that has been the goal of the artist, there is still something different that distinguishes the two different mediums.
We recognize which is art and which is nature regardless of the efforts of the artist. Why is this? Again, perspective.
By creating a piece of artwork with a specific subject matter, we imbue that artwork with not only the essence of the subject but also with a part of ourselves. Therefore, no art is a direct imitation because it is the representation of the artist's perspective.
The perspective of the viewer of the nature and the art creates two separate images that then join to form a deeper understanding of the subject matter itself.
The two separate images work in harmony to form a more coherent and pleasing whole.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.