I am one of those who ranks the drawn line alongside the discovery of fire and the invention of agriculture on the list of human advances. However, I have learned after years with this blog that a number of you actually believe painting, not drawing, is the true test of an artist. As I understand this rather remarkable claim, an artist must work with the full symphony of elements presented by a painting in order to ascend to the higher tiers.
It is with this audience in mind-- the people who incomprehensibly remain unseduced by a jaunty line-- that I've selected a painting as today's example from The Art of Richard Thompson.
In my opinion, Richard's full color work contains excellent touches, reminiscent of an artist who has worked full time with color and has developed a painterly way of viewing the world. Another example of the breadth of his talent.