Art Quote of the Day

“Creativity emanates from ideas. For  the artist , a creative idea may be an all-encompassing plan, a unique set of relationships , an attitude to be conveyed, or a solution to a visual problem.  An idea may come as a “bolt from the blue” , or it may be the end product of much thoughtful effort, as reflected in notes, sketches, and countless revisions of the artwork.

All artists occasionally  encounter blocks in their creativity , and it can take an artist many years to break through these blocks.  A beginning artist may find it difficult  to even find a starting point for a project, ( I don’t know what to do!”)  Although a familiar object or experience is usually the best starting point in such situations, the following approaches, suggested by artists, are ways to develop ideas or overcome the creative block. You may want to expand the list

Look closely at nature, doodle or experiment with any available media,study the life and heartbeat of your city or town,

Unfortunately , the artist’s block sometimes happens right in the middle of creating the image.  Some artists when they can’t quite build the bridges between nearly finished areas, feel that they must  sacrifice an acceptable portion of the work in order to find the freedom to continue with the development of the remaining image.  Before doing this, maintain an on-going dialogue with yourself.  Do whatever it takes to see your work with fresh eyes or from a new vantage point.  Try looking at the work in a mirror, holding up your hands and blocking out portions to see sections in isolation, squinting, or turning the image upside down .  Often, troublesesome areas stand out when you can see them in a new way.

Art Fundamentals – Theory and Practice , 12th edition, Ocvirk, Stinson,Wigg, Bone, Cayton


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