Study 101: Art Resolutions-The Pine in Subversive Palette

Art resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year.

My conversations with other artists often revolve around distinctions and areas of overlap between art and craft. In my own work, I find little point or satisfaction in creating the realistic beauty of hyper representational art. To me this is artistic and high craft. To me the true creativity in art is identifying a technique or approach to depicting things and ideas that reflects the unique artistic and personal voice of an artist.

In the many years I have created, my art has been driven by several philosophies and built on a number of stylistic proclivities and points of view. A background in calligraphy has made line a signature element of my style. The flat nature of design is also a strong influence. And color. My color sensitivity has always been a bit of a joke among those who know me well. I seem to see subtle differences many don’t perceive. Which brings us to today’s study.

The lone pine block print certainly reinforces what I’ve just shared about line and design. When I pulled the print into my digital painting program last night, the real struggle was with color. I began coloring with atypical shades of representational colors. I tried several combinations that, regardless of shade or departure from natural hue, seemed trite and uninteresting. I thought about this. Then threw out nature all together and made the conscious decision to move out of my preferred palette into colors that don’t typically appeal to me. I went from cool greens and blues to a completely warm palette mixed with both warm and cool shades of pink, magenta, dirty red and a tame gold. Suddenly the piece became dynamic and exciting to me. A reminder that, for me, one of the most compelling aspects of art is the creative problem solving.

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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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