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Re:[teacherartexchange] What is your artistic process?


Date: Fri Jul 25 2008 - 13:13:53 PDT

In a message dated 7/25/08 3:51:11 PM, joe3cox writes:

<<what is your artistic process? >>

I have a lot of anxiety about beginning...due in part to some negative
professor interactions when I was in college. So, like many, I deal
with fear. What works for me is creating in multiples. When painting
I cut eight small (less than 9x12) pieces of Arches paper and work on
all eight at once, moving from one to another when I either get stuck
or need to let something dry. For me each piece becomes less important
and each piece offers redemption if I have gone wrong on another piece.
 What results is less fear, and more good work.

I have also played little games with altering series of things, most
often decks of cards or discarded school flashcards. I go through each
part of the deck with one medium, then the next and so on. By the third
time through I am responding to what I did previously and the work
becomes interesting.

So I guess all my processes involve tricking myself out of being

I too am interested in the responses. I have never ever met two
artists whose processes were in any meaningful way just like each
other's. Which has huge implications for art education practice, don't
you think?

kathy douglas
K-3 massachusetts, retired

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