Friday, November 30, 2012


(%40.00.....6" x 6"....Water Soluble Oils on Gessobord)

"Meditation is a meeting with God." Busyness along with too many distractions can completely wipe out time alone with God. It takes an intentional act to put first things first and it is well worth the effort. 

Every creative act is very exciting when it's brand new. The problems begin to arise when it becomes the same old thing. My experience has been that when I begin to feel that way, it is time to "kick it up a notch" with a higher goal or a slight change in direction. We almost need to trick ourselves into getting to the studio with a fresh idea. 

This is not just true of artists, but every person who has a job or specific areas of responsibility will face this challenge. That is why the quote today means so much to me. It harkens back to a very familiar Bible verse..."Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all of these other things will be added unto you." We were all made to find our ultimate satisfaction in God, so by putting Him first, the other things we aspire to do will be accomplished. 

The practical things that I do when I come up against "mundaneness" is to do an analysis of my work. Line up your pieces and take a good hard look and make sure you are going in the right direction. Is your color palette pleasing to you? (Spend some time just mixing color with a limited palette.) Does your work look good from across the room? (Check values if it is not because that's is generally the number one culprit.) Does your work contain any diagonals? (They always add energy to the work.) Does your work contain enough interesting shapes or maybe too many? (Make sure your shapes are different sizes and unequally dividing your design space.) 

These are just a few questions that might cause you to go in a slightly different direction. Keeping things simple is also a good idea because design issues can get very complicated and off into the weeds if you begin with too many ideas. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about. 

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