My process is not always the same. I keep a sketchbook of painting
ideas, which come to me at all sorts of random times (in meetings, in
the shower, before I fall asleep at night). Usually I paint from the
ideas that I have sketched out in one of the sketchbooks. The oldest
sketch from which I have made a painting is 20 years old. That is,
20 years from sketch to painting. Other times I paint from the joy
or agony I am experiencing in my life at the time. My images are
usually non-representational, but are occasionally figurative. I
never paint in a highly realistic way, so photographs are seldom
used. If my painting has a human figure in it, I may ask a friend to
strike that pose just long enough to capture the gesture with some
accuracy and believability. I deal with the fear too, though it's
not as bad as it was when I was in my twenties (I'm in my fifties now).
If I am stumped by a problem in the painting, I set the painting
aside where I can see it as I go about my daily doings, and wait for
the answer to come to me. It takes a while, but I don't really have
deadlines (have never shown my work, though I do sell a little).
If I am blocked I go back through my sketchbooks to get my thought
flowing again. It usually works.
I hope this helps.
On Jul 25, 2008, at 12:46 PM, <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I sent this email to the yahoo art ed group and haven't gotten much
> response. Maybe everyone is enjoying the last of summer vacation.
> What is your artistic process? I am trying to compile a list of
> different ways to start a piece of art and was hoping for some
> suggestions. For example do you work strictly from observation or
> do you use photos? If you use photos do you take them yourself or
> use images from magazines? If your work is abstract how do you
> start? Do you have a preconceived idea on how the abstract
> painting should look like when finished or is it a complete
> surprise when finished? Please don't just limit this to painting
> but drawing, ceramic, fibers or any art medium.
> My propose for this is to create a lesson plan on how artist
> create. How they begin their project. Must students have a hard
> time coming up with ideas on what to create without looking at a
> magazine and copying a famous person or an idol of some kind. So I
> am trying to figure how to address this problem in a lesson.
> Plus, what do you do if you are "blocked." You want to create
> something but just can't come up with an idea to put down on paper,
> canvas or whatever you chosen medium is.
> Thanks for your help and I look forward to the responses.
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