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[teacherartexchange] Bozzetto


From: Elizabeth Heisey (elizhiz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 21 2006 - 04:21:28 PDT

Do you all remember Michael Bell's 'Deal of Life'?
See the film clip at:

This bozzetto seems so much like Bell's playing cards.
It is from Robert Genn's twice weekly dispatch today:

"The value of the bozzetto

"Bozzetto" is an Italian term for a sculptor's
model, usually in wax or clay, made in preparation for
full-scale work in more permanent material. Like the
"maquette," a bozzetto is often exploratory. The word
however, can also mean a sketch for a painting--even a
sketch-for?its-own-sake that can march out into the
world and
have a life of its own.

Artists of all stripes need to know that the bozzetto
is not
just a sketch but a state of mind. With its low degree
commitment and expectation, it gives high value and
reward as a creative tool. Lending itself to the
magical ploys
of series and set, it frees the mind of great
obligation and
prepares the groundwork for visual freshness. Together
with the
golden rule of "chuck it," regularly practiced,
is a sure route to style and an individualist
personality. It
also goes a long way toward overcoming obsessive
and the perennial inability of some artists to wind up
work. Because of its casual nature, bozzetto-making
simply and
directly self-teaches the painterly virtues of
paucity, experimentation and elan.

Audacity: Daring, bold and impudent, the audacious
wades into action without knowing what she's getting
"Just do it" is her motto, and ego-force is her
operating mode.

Paucity: Paucity is the absence of, or mere
implication of
subjects or areas within a work. It also includes
lost-and-found lines and the minimal number of strokes
necessary to do the job. Paucity is the ultimate
economy of

Experimentation: The artist constantly asks "what
could be?"
and shucks off the temptation to go for the tried and
true. In
some ways, experimentation is the most stimulating act
of the
creative process. With small stuff, the artist
"What the heck, I'll try this."

Elan: Flushed with energy and enjoying a vivacious
rush, the
artist commits, conducts and masters. Elan itself
releases the
genie of imagination. The artist looks and acts like a
and thus becomes one."

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