, impressionist - expressionist.jpg
I did make some oil paintings over my teens (I quickly stopped, didn't like it at all; only do water based and colored pencil stuff ever since). I prefered not to point it out on /mai/ but, now that you bring it here: however good or bad this oekaki of yours might be, you're fundamentally wrong on thinking about it as anything near impressionism.
Impressionism sprung from realism (Courbet was a major initial influence), as an attempt to induce modernity in paint, understood as the (now outdated) scientific aim for objectivity: above all things, impressionism longs to paint things as they objectively look, instead of how we allegorically interpretate them; they wanted to paint images for what they really were: light (tone & color) values, instead of drawn symbols of people, horses, clouds, etc. The apparently rough brush strokes that some people associate with impressionism (as you seem to do as well) are not an exclusive trait of the movement, but merely a consequence of the same aforementioned goal; specifically: they belong to the research that culminated in Seurat's puntillism, and which attempted to pictorically emulate the scientific theory about color channels in light; they put basic (pigmented) colors in juxtaposition, so the extended gamma would apear only when looked at some distance, as the (light) colors get mixed in the viewer's eyes instead than in the palette...
So, you see, impressionism has absolutely nothing to do with doing sketchy stuff from imagination. If anything (and if done consciously and properly), that would be closer to expressionism, which includes painters that the common folk usually misunderstand as impressionists, like Van Gogh (who initiallly aimed for realism as well -failling pathetically- and whose late style owes much more to the so called japonisme and to his contact with Gauguin, so it is neither fair to look at him under the poor stereotype of a "mad genius painting things as he felt them" -that's just populace's trash).
Cubism, by the way, it's another school that tried to achieve modernity in paint, as they got influenced by those days' scientific theories about the form of the universe, based in non-euclidean geometries. Apollinaire made a contemporary essay about this.
AESOP: do not use terms carelessly.
Post edited on 24th Feb 2013, 5:30pm