Study 92: Art Resolutions-Excavating Unconscious Art

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study everyday for a year.

Animals lurking.

Sometimes you can try too hard. In a world where time is tight and many people plan, plan, plan to fit in everything they want–there are things, like art, that don’t fit into the imageplan. I realize that this goes against the concept of practicing routinely to develop mastery. But I’m really talking about something different–the spark that fuels the practice.

Automatic drawing or other spontaneous creating provide a view into skill you have developed in particularly in line. It is a creative Rorschach, if you will. Removing judgement and allowing you to see things that may unintentionally emerge. The joy of this kind of discovery can revitalize the norm and eliminate a mental rut.


Two Cranes.

All this is to say that my current exercise in paint values and spontaneous painting has revealed some inner muses. I see animals. In yesterday’s exercise, a fish emerged. Today’s image looks like tandem cranes. Besides exploring the beauty of new textures and unintended layers, there has been a special freedom in seeing a different nature to my work–and, of course, finding critters embedded. Letting go is liberating.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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