Showing posts from July, 2009

The Art of Boredom

Recreational inactivity.... In the past couple of weeks, I found myself feeling a little restless and cooped up. I figured I needed to get out, do something different, get outside the creative zone for a while and find new energy in other activities. Only problem was, I wasn't satisfied with my options... there didn't seem to be anything I really WANTED to do. So I drifted about for a bit, not planning anything in particular, just allowing things to be...Pottered about at home, picked a little at this and that, did a few household tasks...Completely uneventful, uninspiring, unrelieved boredom.

And it was precisely what I needed.

Because I had made the 'objective' to go out and 'do stuff', I felt like I wasn't fulfilling my plan, felt like I was letting myself down by not going out and doing something exciting. However, because I placed myself in a completely unproductive and uneventful zone for that time, I was soooo happy to get back into my work and fire up…

Birth of A Composition

Today I had a conversation with a friend about how I start a composition - do I see the picture fully realized before I begin, or does it start with a simple idea and it just grows as I work?

The answer is yes....
Having one way only vision into a completed work of art doesn't allow for happy accidents, evolution or redirection, that could all make the composition work more effectively, or create a deeper sense of emotional tone.
A fully realized vision in my mind means a direct translation to the page - sometimes there are variations in hues, shading and dynamics, but for the most part, it's a straight path from my imagination through the pencil.

A composition that grows as I work is usually based more on an emotional statement or narrative moment, rather than a visualization - in this case, every kind of change and transformation to the image is available, and there is a journey through the imagination AS I put pencil to page.
Neither method is more effective than the other, and …