Tracing, enhanced photos

Interesting how many artists out there show work which is essentially traced from photos… often times painted right on top of photos which have been printed on canvas.

While I understand the concept and can admire the effect to a point it’s hard to admire the work from an interpretive point of view… the interest doesn’t grow with time, to me, anyhow. I guess I like to watch how the subject was dissected, drawn and given some soul or character by the artist. That’s why works by some famous naturalist painters, or illustrators leave me cold… too much perfection, whether in swimmers cavorting in the water or postcard-perfect, detailed urban or country¬†landscapes are pretty¬†commonplace these days, although they’re well done.

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