Pclasp (@admin)
8 months ago

I am sick to death of landscape painters who think of themselves as artists. I am even more sick of amateurs who study landscape painting and think of themselves as artists. Nowadays, there are more and more famous landscape painters, but the paintings are universally rot. Lets face it, landscape painting is not an art form any more than landscaping is an art form. Both landscape painting and a landscape design may do a lot to beautify your environment, but neither do anything to get you thinking. Of course good art should be beautiful, but anyone can make pretty things from a two year old on. What separates a true artist from a hobbyist is not that they can make a landscape painting that sells, but that they can create something that inspires someone. The inspiration maybe a new idea, a new emotion, or even a new way of seeing the world, but no matter what it is a bring something different to the viewer than they had before. Landscape painting almost never does this!

Of course, I do not want to seem like a snob here, but let's face the facts. There is so much boring and bland art out there, posted on practically every wall of every building, and on every channel of every TV set, but there is just simply no room for any more. Landscape painting is never necessary, even if it is in a waiting room such as the dentist office. There is always room for something that makes you think! We are bombarded with images that make us stupider everyday. Who needs to be stupider still? I sure don't, and that is a fact!

Before you buy a landscape painting, or any other painting for that matter, you should really ask yourself some serious questions about it. It is not enough just to think that it will go with the decoration in your living room, or will look good over your bed. That landscape painting better bring you to somewhere that you could not get without it. Never mind cheering you up – you can be cheered up by going out for a cup of coffee with a friend. If that landscape paintings not taking to, for example, a forgotten place in your childhood, then you should seriously question if it is worth it. If you are going to be seeing the same image, studying the same image, day after day, it better be something worth seeing and studying. There are very few landscape paintings that warrant such attention. It is a rare landscape painting indeed that should be seen every day.