“A woman from Baltimore, who chooses to remain anonymous, recently purchased a Renoir from a Flea Market in West Virginia. She purchased a box of items for $7 and the painting was included in the box. She claimed she bought the box because of the frame that the picture was in: she really liked that frame.”
Little did she know that she had purchased a $100k long-lost Renoir.
via $7 Renoir found in Flea Market.
Sometimes a blank canvas is a beautiful thing. This is usually the case when it is being prepared for a painting that already exists in my mind, or for a feeling that I want to paint as I experience it. But, at other times, a blank canvas can seem like an insurmountable challenge.
I have some ideas for a painting I want to do, but none of them are fully formed. I want it to be beautiful and full of meaning. But, I have a deadline to meet with this piece, and so I need to get it going. I also have lots of code to write and a career fair to prepare for.
I often think that restrictions are great for the creative process. They wake up the engineer in me.
I feel like I am rising to a challenge and it helps my come up with creative solutions. But, when I am faced with a blank canvas that holds a million possibilities, sometimes is feels far more suffocating than the most restrictive palette or assignment. Especially when the only restriction posed is one of time.
So, I think I need to let time get incorporated into my creative process. Or, perhaps, learn to harness it to my advantage.
In my creative process, I like to grab an idea, and then let it stew in my subconscious mind a little bit. Then, I feel it slowly forming underneath the surface. I let it simmer until it is solid enough to grab onto and think about until the next roadblock appears. I am still figuring out how to apply this process to this particular piece. I suppose I have narrowed the subject matter down significantly from infinity, but that merely opens up another infinity of possibilities for how to portray and arrange this subject matter.
I guess that is why art is so beautiful. It will never, ever become dull.
At least I am proud of my nice stretch job on my heavy duty bars:
I just completed (I think) another still life, and I figured I ought to share it! I used a four-color palette: Titanium White, Ivory Black, Terra Rosa, and Yellow Ochre. I limit myself to this palette for my current painting class. For many paintings, I find that it is surprisingly suitable. Though, I usually choose still life objects that are not incredibly high chroma, or I sneak in some Cadmium Yellow for a highlight!
I haven’t been posting artwork nearly as often as I would like to. It has been an overbooked semester, that is for sure! There are many projects I am working on this April. I am very excited for the museum installation that my team and I are working on. It is projected to be installed by the 20th. I will write a post about it once it is complete, and we are hoping to do a making-of video. The only thing in our way is legality and privacy issues with filming.