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[teacherartexchange] Bozzetto

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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:
http://visualjournaling.com/workshop.html

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
small-scale
model, usually in wax or clay, made in preparation for
a
full-scale work in more permanent material. Like the
French
"maquette," a bozzetto is often exploratory. The word
bozzetto,
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
of
commitment and expectation, it gives high value and
ongoing
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,
bozzetto-making
is a sure route to style and an individualist
personality. It
also goes a long way toward overcoming obsessive
overworking
and the perennial inability of some artists to wind up
their
work. Because of its casual nature, bozzetto-making
simply and
directly self-teaches the painterly virtues of
audacity,
paucity, experimentation and elan.

Audacity: Daring, bold and impudent, the audacious
painter
wades into action without knowing what she's getting
into.
"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
cursory,
lost-and-found lines and the minimal number of strokes
necessary to do the job. Paucity is the ultimate
economy of
means.

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
speculates:
"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
maestro
and thus becomes one."

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