Further art discussions and notifications for the artwork of Sam Thorp

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Notes on Creative drawing

A matter of asking the right questions
Approach from a different direction
Test the extremes: How far can you go?
If you can’t make it better. Make it worse- then see what happens.

Where can you find sources for good ideas? Everywhere. Keep your eyes open.
1. Saturation- finding out as much as possible about a problem
2. Incubation- don’t fear errors, they show you the way.
3. Illumination
4. Verification

Drawing objectifies thought
Drawing is the silent twin of reasoning.

If you can teach a person to see, that person will be able to draw. Its not drawing you have to learn, but seeing.

Drawings is always the same task.
If you really look, what do you actually see? Not what you think it might be, should be, could be, but what it is.

You are the sole owner and absolute ruler of this realm. This world is too much with us.

Image management is a particularly difficult job. We have to endow our work with transcendental significance for it to have any meaning.

I am the form giver. I direct & manage tremendous resources of experiential intelligence with the help of reflective intelligence.
Art awaits finding.

Notes on Nietzsche

Self- actualization: become what thou art

Live more in the real world. Unknown is not frightening. Accept your own human nature with all its short comings. See reality more clearly. Enjoy your animal nature. Have a good appetite for food, sleep well, enjoy sex w/o inhibitions

Be spontaneous, develop more fully your own style.
Like solitude
Accept misfortune w/o reacting violently & retain your dignity
Concentrate intensely
Appreciate the basic good in life.

Design & borrowing
Artists don’t originate they translate existing form into an alternate language.
A good parody requires intelligence and familiarity with a target.
When most art becomes popular, its features are co-opted by mass culture and transformed
No style is truly original- to be original all influences must be incorporated seamlessly
Know your sources. Understand where style comes from. Acknowledge certain approaches that belonged to a specific time & place and it should not be revived.

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