Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Vessel of Hope"

($40.00.....6" x 6".....mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"A vessel of hope is filled to the brim with faith in Jesus Christ." Nothing more needs to be said.

In recent postings, I've talked endlessly about division of space, designing corners, focal points, etc. Today I want to have a little chat about how art gets created.

Art is all about process since every artist begins with nothing and then creates something. But it must go beyond just intermittently creating a piece here and there. It would be the same thing as a person trying to learn to play a musical instrument, but only picking up the instrument once a week or maybe even once a month. It would be like starting at square one every time you practiced if it weren't consistent...meaning every day.

Persons who become accomplished at anything have a strategy for achieving the goal. And yet I still meet artists who do not understand this. First of all, you need a place to work where you can use the brief moments you may have to work on your work. Second, you need to think through the techniques you know and see if you need to add to your repertoire. (Most techniques are learned by working on your work and by taking a class or working with other artists.) Third, make sure your strategies stretch you a bit. It's the time constraints and the determination to do something in spite of obstacles that will get you where you want to go.

The truth of the matter is that nothing falls out of heaven on our heads. Even persons who are considered gifted will falter if they don't hone their skills because doing is the one condition of knowing. It does not happen any other way. Just a few more things to think about.

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