There are views expressed from time to time about:
- Which are most popular subjects for painting (I even had a poll about that - see Genres and the results of "What's your favourite subject matter?")
- What makes people buy a painting. My poll on this topic indicated subject matter was far and away the most important reason for buying a painting (see What makes somebody buy a painting? (Poll results)
There are also cultures and countries where certain subject matter is very much favoured and/or where other subject matter is forbidden.
Then there's the whole question of whether all artwork is a challenge and therefore difficult to paint! Plus there's a whole raft of specifics such as painting 'atmosphere' or 'reflections' which some artists find difficult or too much of a challenge which I'm going to leave for another day.
One of my reasons for asking is I have a theory relating to subject matter - which I can't tell you about until we get to the results stage. You can try guessing what it is if you like!
What is the most difficult subject to paint?
Your options for subject matter are:
- anything and everything
- abstract (no recognisable subject)
- metaphorical / symbolic
- narrative - story is main focus
- landscape / cityscape
- still life
- botanical / floral
- animals / wildlife
- people - portraits
- people - groups of figures
The Making A Mark Poll for April is in the right hand column. It runs until the early morning of the last day of April and will hopefully be reported the same day.
Do please comment on:
- the reasons why you avoid painting certain subjects.
- your views about why subject matter has changed over the years and what some of the reasons for this might be.
Here's what I would dearly love to be able to draw - but due to problems with what my eyes can cope with/see I'm totally unable to do so at the moment - until my eyes are fixed. Roll on June!
|a favourite subject - which is too difficult to contemplate|
until I have new eyes!