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James Wyeth|Art Technique|Tips on How To Find Inspiration From Art

Updated on April 10, 2014

Jamie Wyeth-His Style and Technique-How I Am Inspired by Jamie Wyeth

I first came across James Wyeth years ago when I purchased a book called "The Helga Pictures" by his dad Andrew Wyeth. I am always searching for books that tell me how to find inspiration from art. I want to know more about other artist's style and technique.. Jamie Wyeth has quotes below, that helps a lot!

What an amazing family! N.C. Wyeth a renowned illustrator, being his grandfather,and Andrew his dad... wow! He comes from great artistic stock!

NOTE:

Andrew Wyeth. son of N C Wyeth passed away January 16, 2009. Andrew Wyeth was a probably most noted for his painting, "Christina's World".

RIP Mr. Wyeth, you will be missed yet not forgotten. Thank you for all your glorious artwork.

One of the most fascinating things about Jamie Wyeth, as is the same for a lot of artists, is the pressure to create. I just gotta think for Jamie Wyeth, coming from the background he came from that the pressure to be really good must have been huge.

An interesting note was that Andy Warhol was a real presence in James Wyeth's life... and that is indeed darn interesting. They say that if you want to learn how to do great art from anyone who you esteem to emulate... read about their life and who they are or were. What inspires them and what they deem to be important. I have posted some quotes below by Jamie Wyeth that are all of these things because they come directly from him.

James Browning Wyeth (1946--) is a contemporary American realist painter. He was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, son of Andrew Wyeth and grandson of N.C. Wyeth. He is artistic heir to the Brandywine Tradition, painters who worked in the rural Brandywine River area of Delaware and Pennsylvania, portraying its people, animals, and landscape.

ABOUT HIS TECHNIQUE:

His father Andrew painted with watercolor and tempera. Jamie could do that but late decided on thick and luscious oils. He liked the smell of them... I do too. He makes the paint so thick and luscious he says, "I could eat it.", after his Aunt Carolyn's technique. Yes I know you are thinking how toxic the smells are.. true but most oil painters keep well vented rooms.

Of portrait painting he said, "On portrait painting, Wyeth stated, "To me, a portrait is not so much the actual painting, but just spending the time with the person, traveling with him, watching him eat, watching him sleep. When I work on a portrait, it's really osmosis. I try to become the person I'm painting. A successful portrait isn't about the sitter's physical characteristicshis nose, eyeballs and whatnotbut more the mood and the overall effect. I try not to impose anything of mine on him. I try to get to the point where if the sitter painted, he'd paint a portrait just the way I'm doing it."

Jamie like the rest of his family paints the soul of the matter.

Two GREAT reasons to love James Wyeth

Two GREAT reasons to love James Wyeth:

His Dad, Andrew and his Grandfather NC Wyeth

(I have lenses on them as well)

Get Inspired

Every artist including Jamie Wyeth needs some inspiration!

The New Creative Artist
The New Creative Artist

I have this book and love love it

 
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

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KATHY NOTE:

This book is a total MUST for all artists!

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Turn On Some Music

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Turn On Some Music as you enjoy my lens about

"Jamie Wyeth"

"Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth

"Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth
"Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth

Jamie Wyeth Quotes

"I'm not inspired every day I go to the studio, but you've got to push yourself. Do it every day and once in a while things will really click. That's the biggest high you can imagine."

"Painting is as difficult as brain surgery. It's not that relaxing. But that's the discipline."

"My interest in painting is recording things. I think of myself as almost a documentary filmmaker... I've gotten into some curious situations... "

"Everything I paint is a portrait, whatever the subject."

"When painting portraits a lot of people say, "Why not get a photograph of the person?" Photography is wonderful and it is an art form in itself, but... my portrait is a culmination of elements... a truer image of a person than just the 'click' of a snapshot."

"When I paint a portrait I want to know more than just the looks of the person. I want to know how they live and what their feelings are... It then becomes more than just physiognomy, but the feel of the person."

"Interesting is when one can produce a picture that is pretty, but with undercurrents. The metaphor that comes to mind is in the poems of Robert Frost."

"I'm an odd portrait painter in that I'm not just interested in human faces. I consider almost all of my paintings to be portraits."

"Painting to me is constant searching. I can see what I want, but I can't get there, and yet you have to be open enough that if it goes another way, then let it go that way."

"Objectivity and subjectivity are always a constant battle. When I work on something, I try to be as subjective as possible. Then, as I go along painting, I want to gain a certain degree of objectivity in order to know if anything's working. I look through mirrors; I turn the painting upside down; I try to go outside the house or studio and try to peer through windows as if I'm somebody else looking at it. I go through all these motions to try to see it from an objective point of view."

"Painting to me is addictive. These are moments when it is inspiring, but they are few and far between. I keep my tools sharpened for the moment when things do start clicking, but that doesn't happen a lot. I really have to push myself sometimes. Painting is a profession in which it is very easy to be lazy, particularly if you have any degree of success."

~Jamie Wyeth

http://www.jamiewyeth.com/

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Walk On The Wild Side

and here is the music from Lou Reed as well as some other likes... smile.

Jamie Wyeth Exhibitions

Just a Few

Just a Few of his Exhibitions:

2008Adelson Galleries, New York, NY3/14/08 - 4/18/08Jamie Wyeth: Seven Deadly Sins and Recent Works

2007 - 2008Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME9/8/07 - 5/18/08James Wyeth: Selected Works

2007Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME7/1 - 8/21/07Jamie Wyeth: Paintings

2007Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI6/15 - 8/26/07Jamie Wyeth: Birds

2007Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA6/8 - 9/3/07Dog Days of Summer: Works by Jamie Wyeth

2007Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME4/30 - 8/30/07Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth and Basquiat

2007McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX1/16 - 4/8/07Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth and Basquiat

Is Inspiration Talent?

Jamie Wyeth said,

"Painting to me is addictive. These are moments when it is inspiring, but they are few and far between. I keep my tools sharpened for the moment when things do start clicking, but that doesn't happen a lot. I really have to push myself sometimes. Painting is a profession in which it is very easy to be lazy, particularly if you have any degree of success."

So do you agree with that in all things creative? Is it all a struggle or do you think inspiration comes from pure talent. If so.. what IS talent?

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Is Inspiration talent?

Nooo, it is....

Nooo, it is....

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      • ERiverDogs 4 years ago

        The harder I work the luckier I get.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        yes it is listening to your soul

      • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

        inspiration is like spice of life. you need it to express your talent.

      NC Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth- A FAVORITE?

      Which Wyeth is your favorite? (Pics of each are below)

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      Warhol by Jamie Wyeth

      Warhol by Jamie Wyeth
      Warhol by Jamie Wyeth

      Treasure Island (stamp) by NC Wyeth

      Treasure Island (stamp) by NC Wyeth
      Treasure Island (stamp) by NC Wyeth

      Andrew Wyeth, "Farm Road", tempera on masonite, 1979)

      Andrew Wyeth, "Farm Road", tempera on masonite, 1979)
      Andrew Wyeth, "Farm Road", tempera on masonite, 1979)

      TURN ON SOME MORE MUSIC!

      Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter

      Quick, what do you think of James Wyeth?

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      Great James Wyeth stuff from Amazon

      How to create great art? Just do it- Practice, practice, practice!

      Anna Nalick - Breathe (2AM)

      Blowers Daughter, Breathe and Walk on the Wild Side

      Breathe
      Breathe

      Great song on this lens

       
      Blower's Daughter
      Blower's Daughter

      I LOVE this song!

       
      The Blower's Daughter [Live from Union Chapel]
      The Blower's Daughter [Live from Union Chapel]

      Damien Rice sings Blower's Daughter.. so gorgeous!

       
      Walk On the Wildside [Lou Reed]
      Walk On the Wildside [Lou Reed]

      Lou Reed.. amazing song writer, friend to Warhol.. that Factory and all that :)

       

      Arnold Schwarzenegger Modeling for Jamie Wyeth

      Arnold Schwarzenegger Modeling for Jamie Wyeth
      Arnold Schwarzenegger Modeling for Jamie Wyeth

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      Shout Out For James Wyeth!

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          the painting of warhol is like a photograph. it looks so real. angel blessed.

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          Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

          He sounds like an amazing personality. I'm not too much into art, but I like the look of some of his works here.

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          now, i know him thru you.