Today I’m participating in a collaborative online project with other art bloggers. We are re-posting one of our favorite posts from our blogs. I chose to re-post some notes from art school from way back when, because I find these tips personally useful to review every so often, especially this year when I am exploring various other avenues in my creative process. Perhaps other artists will find some of these tips helpful, too.
I also recommend that you view the post from the organizer of this project, Seth Apter, on his blog The Altered Page. It’s a gorgeous, compelling and inspiring piece.
You can link to all participating artists from the Treasure Chest post on Seth’s blog.
Finally, the piece above is a brand new work from my new series, the Hot, Hot Summer of 2009. So here’s my Buried Treasure:
Class notes from art camp classes with George Liebert and Dan Gustin, Oxbow, MI, summer 1991.
Make a list of verbs and adjectives about your own work.
When struggling with a work, isolate parts of it and do lots of sketches to come up with a better composition.
What are your personal, specific goals?
Colors: similar vs. somber vs. stronger.
Realism vs. abstraction – both successful, maybe in combination.
Consider excitement of surfaces vs. complex images. Patterns on a blanket, individual parts developed, keep to whole color – add pink, red, clear blue, zingier color.
Keep exciting in earlier stages.
Develop through series of big changes to work out issues.
Series of patterns; sincerity, passion.
Beware of making shadows that are a hole to hell (i.e., too dark) – gap in thinking color rather than value.
Take inventory – look at beautiful drawings in museum.
Strange mix of sacred and profane.
Baroque art: look at Poussin, Rubens’ sketches, Rembrandt, make drawings about what interests you — movement, etc.
Overlap some things.
Check a variety of approaches; work on sense of design.
Look at Eric Fischl – palette in realistic landscape.