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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


When I look at my Pinterest Boards, I become so fired up and inspired! And then, I go look at my empty canvas. You know, there is just some kind of a disconnect. It is nothing that a large bowl of fresh berries and a leisurely trip to the beach couldn't cure. But momentarily lacking those, I thought I would take advantage of  this present time to get in touch with the rest of the world again. After all, there is nothing better than the present time to procrastinate.

But maybe sharing my thoughts with you guys will help me solidify what project I want to work on next. And maybe that is why my Pinterest Board intrigues me so much. I have figured out that the most fascinating part of art, to me, is design. And perhaps that is the most fascinating part of art period, because even color begins to fall into that category. If you vary a color in the slightest (change the saturation, value, tint), you can use all one color (or hue) - unless you consider black and white as colors - and, Walla! you have design! And then add texture - good grief there is no end to where you could go with this!

And so now I understand why I was so easily entertained by my Spirograph toy and colored pencils when I was a kid. Somehow, it made a much larger impact than the fractions game that I got that same Christmas. What a shame somebody didn't point out the fractions in the designs that I was making. I might have become a brilliant mathematician instead. No, I think it still would have been art, and quite frankly I learned my fractions real fast once I began to sew and cook.

So where am I going with this? Not sure, but I will tell you later - if I get there.

And the Spirograph toy? Not sure what happened to that, but I know what happened to me. I learned about color mixing (by experimentation), line, movement, shading, design, and symmetry. Could I have told you that was what I had learned? Nope. The nice thing is, everything you learn just builds on something previous. As long as you have enough awe in your life, you can get something from just about everything - kind of like the Awe Of a Child.

Remember my complaints about trying to find an explanation about thick over thin when painting with oil paints. I found the greatest explanation by Winsor Newton! It is on You-tube. See the link below:

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