Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Overthinking or Underthinking?
The last few months I've really been trying to play around with colored pencils, wanting to develop a way of working that suits me. I'd really like to believe that colored pencils don't have to produce ultra-realism. I just feel that they can be used in a looser way, but how I have yet to discover. Obviously, I'm not just guessing here, there are some artists already doing this sort of thing - with abstraction, color choice, focussed and non-focussed areas, etc.
But, what loose means in my Rose-colored world, has yet to be defined. I came across this quote last night (while exercising ;-).
"There is another aspect of research which I would like to mention - that is, technique or craft. In the present headlong dash for self-expression, too few artists take the trouble to ground themselves in knowledge of their media. The technical ignorance of many present-day artists and students is appalling. The use of cheap, improper materials is already causing many art works to crack open, change color, peel off in shreds or pop off their supports, curl up, and die. Too many painters do not take the trouble to learn to paint in the strictly technical sense of the word. There are no short cuts to knowledge, and impatience is no excuse for carelessness, especially today when knowledge is so readily available. The study of color, design, draughtsmanship, techniques, and methods will not inhibit the creative process. Rather it is a fascinating and stimulating pursuit which will increase the artist's creative possibilities." -- "The Importance of Thorough Research" by James Lewicki, in American Artist magazine Dec. 1962 issue
I think that is what I needed to hear, especially that "impatience is no excuse for carelessness" bit. That sort of leads me towards thinking at a slighter higher level about the craft of painting. Hmm.
The image is a work in progress for my "paying it forward" project. As you can see, it isn't loose in almost any sense.