When you read about innovation or even look at what’s new in the marketplace, it’s often repackaged ideas. Variations on a theme. Purists may be looking for the Pulitzer but the world leaves and breathes the new life we give to old ideas.
Even using traditional methods, I’ve learned a wayward art study can be groomed for a second chance. Digital tools have added an even broader, easier and beautiful way to do this, too. Those of you who follow this blog have been witness to my ongoing experiments.
After a hiatus of a few months from my Tayasui program, I came back to find they had updated the program. From my first use, it seems they’ve taken away tools and functionality. But it’s still a good tool. I pulled up an old study to rework.
In the original, I scanned a cloth I’d dyed and used the digital tools to draw the tree over it. In the reimagining, I layered a white translucent watercolor over the background and then brought back subtle patches of pastels in the background. I have come to appreciate what the exercise does for showing me what happens when we direct the focus of the viewer in a different way. I find myself thinking about what that means in life. The art of living is very much about choosing what to focus on and letting the minutiae go . . .yes?