Y2 Art Resolutions is the second year of an evolving resolution to elevate every day by looking at art and creativity as life’s philosophy.
Artists of all kinds understand ruts. Technique ruts. Visual ruts. Intellectual ruts. Even the most impassioned attempts to unlock creative gridlock often can do no more than spin
wheels. At those times, learning something new or just blindly following an adventure can shake loose a fresh idea. The results can be startling and unexpected. At least it works for me.
Dear friend and artist, Bea, introduced me to just such an exercise two years ago. It begins by letting the non-dominant hand loose with a pencil. Even without visual guidance, the personality of line is surprisingly expressive and full of preference patterns. Once the line
is done, you can be as strategic or intuitive about next steps. Color similar shapes in similar colors. Or work sections as subordinate components. Then let your right brain dig out images buried deep in your subconscious.
The first time I did it a peacock appeared. I posted it earlier. Took the original into an electronic drawing program and eventually printed it on fabric. I liked it. There was something that seemed very Scandanavian to me.
The second time, a dinosaur and fish emerged. Again, vibrant and whimsical. Other people like them too. This has gotten me thinking about a series. This morning, I started a new study. Some different design ideas showed up, but sea creatures appeared again. What can I say? It was joyful and I’m focused on where I will go with it next.