Further art discussions and notifications for the artwork of Sam Thorp

Friday, February 10, 2006


More note taking

Don’t go too far into developing your first sketch, stop as soon as the image shows up.
Then study your sketch. Find the main geometric surface motif. This is revealed after you’ve done your first sketch. If no pattern emerges use your intuition to decide the motif. That motif should be strengthened in the next sketch.
Check the outer dimension of your sketch to discover the weak spots. Adjust the composition again. Repeat sketch from memory. Repeat until perfect.

Keep relaxed. As soon as the subject emerges in your sketch, switch your attention to the whole composition.

With shortcuts you miss the whole point. The necessary experience is to test and adjust the spatial relationships.

Distortion plays a key role in composition. Picasso was a master of dynamic distortion.

Light & Dark
Without disturbing the already established composition, establish light & dark values within the shape areas. Harmonize light & dark as a whole. Superimposing them on the balance of shape relationship. It will arouse greater visual awareness by stimulating the retina. light & dark when properly balanced, intensify the mood of the picture.
Squinting lets you concentrate on the variety of light & dark and helps you see the whole.

Lights are created by black borders.

Lights can be focused for dramatic appeal. The darks keep tonal relationship in balance.

light & dark are the most artistic compositional elements. Large masses of dark evoke feelings.

Be ready to accept a change in mood as you develop your imagination and tremendous memory bank. As ling as you are creating, let your subconscious have its way.

Don’t get involved with improving details of subject matter. Emotion must be present in your work at all times.

Negative space
The biggest problem is not utilizing negative space. Give it equal emphasis. You can’t use the inside of a cup with out the outside.

Notes from Plato’s Republic:
Children’s upbringing often begins with fairy tales and stories…. Lies.
Art is only imitative and imitation is never as good as the original.
The REAL artist would be interested in realities not imitations.
You can create likeness or be imaginative.
To judge imitative art:
1. what the imitation is …. It could be vice or evil
2. is it a true imitation
3. has it been well executed.

To understand serious, you must know comedy.
You must understand opposites even if you cannot carry out both.

When you have acquired knowledge of a whole art, the inquiry to good and bad is one & the same.

God takes away the mind of poets and artists and uses them for own ministries. God himself is the speaker. Artists are only interpreters of God.

Notes from Aristotle:
Art must be a matter of making not acting.
Art loves chance and chance loves art.
Art does not deliberate the purpose of art, it’s the same as nature. Its just like that.
Art is thinking then making.
Something’s will not exist apart from someone who has the art of making them.
When art is good… when you cannot add or subtract anything from it…. It has virtue.
There are 2 causes for your actions, thought and character.

“Everything we teach you here is worthless, UNLESS you decide to use it.”

Is one element symmetry? Where’s the symmetry in abstract thought?
All loveliness comes to this world in ideal form.
Ugly is something that has not been mastered by a pattern that is reason.
Perhaps the soul affirms beauty when it recognizes the ideal form.
Beauty of color is the outcome of unification; that is why fire is the most splendid of all elements.
Beauty must induce wonderment and delicious trouble, longing, love, and trembling of delight.

Those who see with the soul’s insight will rejoice and awe and will fall upon a trouble deeper than all the rest could even stir, are moving in the realm of truth.

What do you feel in the presence of grace? When you see that you yourself are beautiful… within that what do you feel?
What Dionysiac exultation do you feel straining upwards of your soul this longing to breakaway from the body and live sunken within the veritable self. These are no other than the emotion of the soul under the spell of love.

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