Change. Does it occur fast or very slowly?
I think it happens very, very slowly—so gradually that we don’t notice it, until it seems dramatic. This applies to social and political change, as well as change for me as an artist.
Yesterday I looked at a new piece and thought my art has really changed a lot in the last six months. But when I looked back, I discovered subtle indications of those changes over the last two years—a bit more color, more overt patterns, and more contrast.
Then I began to wonder, how have I changed as a person?
Quit daydreaming. I certainly heard that a lot when I was a child. Occasionally, I still berate myself for not focusing. But now Annie Murphy Paul says science shows that the “looking in” mode processes or makes sense out of all the information when we’re “looking out.” Here’s the full article:
Quit daydreaming. I certainly heard that a lot when I was a child. Occasionally, I still berate myself for not focusing. But now Annie Murphy Paul says science shows that the “looking in” mode processes or makes sense out of all the information when we’re “looking out.” Here’s the full article: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=bc04df008d4705e4e77c2eb35&id=ce243a051b&e=912d3df82c
Just when I’m comfortable with the techniques I am using and the art I am producing, I feel it happening. It starts with mild discontent, then moves to complete dissatisfaction (I imagine I also get grumpy.) I find myself painting and repainting, positioning and repositioning papers and fabrics, making marks, then starting the process all over again. Normally, I work on larger pieces by making a study on canvas. It is never exactly the same on the cradle and the gypsum responds differently to paint than gesso, but it usually makes the process a little easier. Not now. It is called working and reworking, and reworking again. It’s called change, but it’s never easy, and for someone who likes to be in control… Well, you get point.
In an article in Gulfshore Life, Florida artist Joe McAleer compared artistic change to a road trip. “I’m on the back roads, trying to go west, not on the superhighway. Along the way, you make mistakes, wrong turns. You break down for a week or so. Then you see a shape, a color, you get an idea. You get back in your car and drive some more. Eventually, you get where you want to go.”
I hope so.
In a recent blog author Matthew May suggested we bring an artistic view to our work no matter what that work might be (including parenting). He suggested that the only way to be “fully involved” is to engage our creativity.
As a visual artist, this type of thinking excites me. It puts greater value on what artists do beyond the “product.” May believes that there is a great deal of value in the process itself. Engaging your own personal creativity works in other aspects of life (think STEAM) and gives you a greater sense of fulfillment.
It is worth reading: http://matthewemay.com/the-art-elements-of-work/
For years I taught writing part-time at universities near where I lived both in Tennessee and Maryland. I also briefly taught high school English. I never felt more useful or smarter. Now I know why. Based on scientific research, I was smarter because I had to break down the writing process and find creative ways to present the information.
For those of you who teach, I salute you. But give credit to your students as well. This article reminds us of the benefits of learning and thinking in a group. It’s a win, win—even for teachers.
I seem to be stuck on galleries at the moment—physical galleries and those online. Perhaps it is applying to too many shows. But then I stumble across an April article written by New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz who says “galleries are dead.” He contends that everything is going online and that openings are simply social.
I wonder if that is true. If you are interested, here’s link to the article: http://www.vulture.com/2013/03/saltz-on-the-death-of-art-gallery-shows.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nymag%2Fvulture+%28Vulture+-+nymag.com%27s+Entertainment+and+Culture+Blog%29