I bought a new sketchbook a few months ago. It’s a larger format than I usually use so I decided I would divide each page into small squares. It’s been an interesting process…. depending on the size of the small squares, depending on how many I put on one page, I find myself exploring themes and variations of a single theme. sometimes I’ll start a page by filling all the squares with a similar shape and then start doing different things to each one. sometimes it’ll be certain set of colors I want to work with or a different media. Every single little square is a future painting I think. There are more small squares than I have time left in my life to paint but it’s going to be fun trying.
So, let’s talk about THE PINTEREST!!!
# 1. I LOVE it!!!
#2. I HATE it!!!
#3. I’m TOTALLY ADDICTED to it
#4. Sometimes it TERRIFIES me
#5. Sometimes it INSPIRES ME…( most of the time)
#6. Sometimes it DEPRESSES me
#7. I try not to take the PINNING action , or lack there-of, in regard to MY pins, PERSONALLY !
#8. It’s a fantastic TEACHING TOOL
#9. Whatever did I do without it ?
#10. Whatever WOULD I do without it?
Let’s address each issue:
Well, loving it is OBVIOUS ! It’s a universe of infinite imagery to look through… as an artist and image junky , it’s like CRACK , like SPEED, like a super-energy drink for my pleasure zone….. oh yeah!
And, hating it , for all of the same reasons listed above…. a love/hate relationship is always a tricky one…. the same reasons I love it are the same reasons I hate it. It takes up lots of my time…. ( I’ll just go to one more board…), it makes me want to change my own art style about 50 times a day, it makes me feel soooooooooooooooo untalented…..
I’m addicted !!!! – see above
It terrifies me in that sometimes as I start going deeper and deeper into board after board I feel like I’m going deeper and deeper into the deep , deep water … I start to panic and feel like I have to start swimming UP and UP to get back to my original board or I will surely be lost !! ( I know, a little crazy but that’s how it feels….. some of you surely must identify….. right? RIGHT?!?!)
Of course, the best thing about the whole Pinterest “thing” is that it truly does inspire … I see images done in colors, or styles that I love , I pin them to remind me to incorporate them into my own artwork, I see illustrations that provoke me, amuse me, make me think, I see patterns, and colors and images that look like I could have done them so I don’t feel so alone and “off-base” with my own work, I see images that make me think of new projects for my students…. I could go on…..
It depresses me , again, for some of the same reasons listed above….. there are so many creative people out there, so many …. sometimes I start to feel..”What’s the point of doing anything?”
Pinning is a social activity…. if I pin something of my own, I feel bad if I don’t get re-pinned or ecstatic if I do ( acceptance by strangers?)
I have definitely streamlined and improved my teaching…. I don’t have to find books that I can pass around the classroom, I don’t have to have paper illustrations that need to be passed around the class room…. I can give a project assignment in my Design class , have the students go to the Design board to see tons of examples that address that project….. FANTASTIC!?
What did I ever do without it? Dark times, very dark times…. we never know what we’re missing until we have it and look back ….. people got along fine without cell phones but …..HOW?!?!
What would I do without it? I still have my books if PINTEREST disappeared. I prefer to think that if I had to do without it I would be replacing it with the next new thing that would be even better.
THOUGHTS ? ANYONE? ANYONE?
” In a 1960’s film about the computer there is a good description of the creative process….
The narrator states that the artist is never bored. She looks at everything and stores it all up. He rejects nothing; she is completely uncritical when a problem confronts her, he goes through all the stuff he has collected , sorts out what seems to be helpful in this situation and relates it in a new way , making a new solution. She prepares for leaps by taking in EVERYTHING. ” – Corita Kent-
from the book,How To Be An Explorer of the World by Keri Smith