Friday, 7 September 2012

3rd Week of e-Course

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you'll discover will be wonderful.  What you'll discover is yourself." - Alan Alda

The third week of the e-course was about paying attention to your environment and realizing what it is that inspires you.  The instructor suggested that you need to go around your home, your neighborhood, etc. and find colors, shapes, words, objects, emotions, etc. that inspire you.  She suggested that as you walk you take a sketchbook and start sketching your inspirational objects and ideas, take pictures and collect objects that inspire you, collect books of objects that inspire you, and take a different route than normal when going places.

When you have a collection of things that inspire you, you can more easily attack the canvas having some possible ideas ready to use.  So with your paintbrush start outlining some of these objects on top of the painting you have been working on thus far.  Be loose in your strokes, relax, and play.  If you do not choose to use objects in your environment, she recommends just making random shapes.

The instructor spoke about spiraling in and out of your painting.  Spiraling in meaning wildly painting in response to your intuition and spiraling out meaning more thoughtful choices.  When you tend to get stuck, it's time to move back and take a look at the whole painting usually leading to a new idea that you can use.

I liked that she talked about the teenager stage.  The stage where you look at your painting and don't like it.  This happens to me all of the time.  I just want to take the piece of art and throw it out.  But I have realized over time, that if you stick to it it always tends to get better.

To better understand what inspires you, and to help you to make a list to help with ideas for your painting, she asked for words to complete these partial statements:

  1. I am inspired by…
  2. I collect…
  3. ________ makes me feel alive.
  4. I love…

The last part of the week, she showed us how to simplify areas, how to accentuate areas, and how to use contrast, and to continue to be loose while working.  This was the most time consuming part of the course so far.

And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Genesis 1:31


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