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Not too long ago, I was talking to a very talented artist (and friend of mine) about artsy shit like composition, color, marketing, etc. Ben works in pastels and I was really surprised to learn the extent to which the issues that he faces as an artist are the same that I face as an artist. Sure, we’re both artists and we simply work in different mediums, but I’ve always viewed painters and those who draw as a completely different type of creature. This was a great way to get grounded again and to be reminded that perhaps the tools we use to create our art are just that – tools.
Anyway, the specific thing we talked about that had an impact on me was a comment Ben made about creating art out of chaos. To go to a scene and be able to “see” the portion of it that needs to be painted. Or sketched or photographed. It struck me that I work the same way but never had articulated it so easily and accurately. I thought about how I find it easier to take a cluttered scene and remove the extraneous stuff until I’ve achieved the set that I want. It’s an especially effective method of reaching that sense of minimalism and the simple aesthetic that I constantly try to achieve.
Yeah, that’s a helluva lot easier than starting with a blank set and trying to add elements until I’ve gotten just the right amount of “stuff’ in the scene.
So that’s my takeaway from the conversation and a suggestion that I want to give to you – when you start to envision the picture in your head, start with clutter and and start to take things out. Then, when that mental picture seems right, go ahead and build it.
I’ll let you know how that works out for.
Oh, and a late Happy New Year!
Oh (again) – if you have a few moments, check out Ben’s work.
The poll is closed and I want to thank everyone who responded.
I’m working on a blog post that will incorporate the results!
Yeah, yeah, I know. Another long period between blog posts and another promise not to wait so long. I’ve been lacking any sense of creativity lately and today’s post is my epiphany about it.
But, sometimes, a topic will grab a hold of me and I can’t let it go until I write about it but sometimes I need to spend a lot of time thinking and meditating on that topic. And that’s okay. In fact, the last time this happened, it was something that Tony, one of my Polarizing Images co-hosts, said on another podcast, This Ain’t Iowa. I couldn’t get it out of my damn head and, after talking with Tony about it, our podcast was born. Continue reading
Honestly, I am not what you would call an aficionado of Monet. I mean, I like the work and all but, if I were to win millions of dollars, a Monet is not a piece I’d rush out to add to my art collection. Yet, still, I am becoming more and more drawn to the man and the painter as I learn more about him. Especially his sense of integrity as an artist. Continue reading
Continuing my recent trend of taking inspiration from other people for my blog post, I was reading Kriss Abigail’s latest blog post. The one part that really stuck out for me, and is something I’ve complained about for quite a while now, is the reluctance of working photographers to mentor. She wrote: Continue reading
I didn’t start out researching Monet or travel photography. Really, I didn’t. It’s strange, though, how a simple search for one piece of information reveals other things that sends your brain reeling into new directions. It’s unforeseen and, often, once the new thought grips you, you just can’t let it go. Continue reading