Here is a second great article sent to me by my friend and fellow professor at Edgewood Collge. I am happy to pass it on . Enjoy!
“Cultivate and value the skill of allowing thoughts and ideas to rise from your creative depths unhindered by the filters of logic, critique or worries about other people’s opinions. Have you ever come up with a completely unexpected and fully useful solution to an artistic challenge in the middle of the night or just upon waking? How about while driving when your mind was not even trying to solve the problem? Where did those ideas come from and how did they make it to your conscience mind? What kept them from arriving sooner? What else is held in the depths of our brains? DIG DEEP .
Access encourages use. Make a practice of keeping art supplies within easy reach. Play by yourself, play with friends. Be silly, be serious.
What better centerpiece could there be for a dining room table than a container of colored pencils and a stack of paper?
Paper, (in sheets or as a “tablecloth”) , pencils, colored pencils, crayons, paintbrushes, watercolors, acrylics, water containers, glue sticks, scissors, old magazines, glitter, magnetic poetry, clay, rubber stamps, a digital camera or polaroid and film….
As much as possible, invest in the best equipment you can. Good pens, good brushes, good computers, software and digital equipment. Ride a good chair or stool. Be a snob when it comes to the tools of your trade becasue good tools mean faster and more efficient work. You deserve equipment that will keep up with the speed and vision of your creative output. On the other hand, never let a lack of the good stuff hold you back; creativity and resourcefulness can always compensate.”
Cleaning out some notebooks the other day I came across these pages of quotes I collected from SOMEWHERE! I made no notations about where most of them came from . Since they’re short I am going to include several for today and more tomorrow and the next day…… Thank you to the true authors of all of them.
“Abstraction, then, perhaps appeals to a different kind of mind. We don’t all have the same visual habits. We may not even all share the same visual neurocircuitry.”
” Fluidity of perception . ( the root of abstraction)
” If someone else is coming to YOU and asking you ‘ Will you document my product?’ – that’s illustration. If you find the subject and the interpretation within yourself, that’s art” – Chick Takaha-
“We must learn to draw what is outside us before we can draw what is inside.”
“At heart, creativity is a desire to experience things differently.”
” It does seem clear that learning to draw is much a matter of developing control over the way one’s brain processes visual information. There are may different skills to perfect, each involving specific brain functions.”
” An artist is re-programming the circuitry of the brain. Watch yourself changing [as you make art] : 1.) development of sufficient patience to commit the time needed to draw….2.) simplifying what you see……3.) training new relationships between eye and memory ”
“Artists can almost be likened to spectators of the cumulative efforts of their own actions. When you get a drawing you like, it’s apt to be a surprise.”
“Drawing is a way of fostering interest in the world. It is a way of making connections with the things that surround us.”
“Drawing is a way to know things, and the more one knows about the world around one, the more one feels at home in it. In this sense it’s not the finished drawing that counts …it’s the time spent outside oneself of which the drawing is merely the record.”
Martin Luther King Day- would he be happy with our progress in Civil Rights?
Inauguration Day – with President Obama being sworn in I think he would be , but still a long way to go!
Here in Wisconsin it is minus 25 degrees !! With a windchill added in it’s going to be even colder. This is the kind of winter day I had in mind when I made the short little video (home page,video section) of my back yard after a summer’s rain… I’m going to look at that frequently in the coming days and DREAM of warmer times!
“Every element that you add to a piece has an effect on every other element already in place. As you work, try to see both the big picture of the overall design and the details that define its elements. How could this new element best be added to the composition? Does this new element’s placement leave room for others yet to come? Should this item dominate or support certain others? Should it dominate/support through size, position, color or something else? Does it enforce the meaning and the message of the piece? Do other elements need to be altered, repositioned, added or eliminated?
Add to the composition only those items which agreee with other elements thematically and add to the message and/or informational value. Be prepared and willing to restructure existing elements every time a new one is added. EXPERIMENT, EXPLORE, EVALUATE.
” The solutions to the problems posed in art do not lie outside in the realms of technique and formula; they reside in the realm of fresh thinking about perennial issues, in honest feelings and awakened spirit.
All creative journeys begin with a challenge to introspection, to fathom not only “what’s out there”. but “what’s in here.” They are invitations to original response much as the student of Zen is confronted with a koan. Seeking the ordinary response, the pat and the past resolution may achieve a decent result but will most likely be of little transformative value. Illustrating a preconception keeps our hand slave to a mind that is already intent on its goals and means. Responses drawn from our standing repertoire of answers will only reinforce the person we already are, which more than likely is much like the person we were. Which is nice for the reassurance that memory brings, but provides little force by which to gain the high ground of an expanded future.”
Where does “art” reside ? In the intent of the maker? In the piece itself? In the response of the viewer? In the space between?” This quote is from a book called, THE VIEW FROM THE STUDIO DOOR : How Artists Find Their Way in an Uncertain World, by Ted Orland. This author also has written a book called ART AND FEAR. Both books are valuable in helping artists surmount their creative obstacles. As I now embark on BLOGGING , I am encountering lots of new obstacles and will use the things i’ve learned from these books and try to apply them to my learning process with creating my blogsite.
The focus of my blog will be to help my readers gain confidence in their creative process just as I gain confidence in my blogging process. Please accompany me on this, our mutual path to discovery.