Thursday, March 12, 2009

on art, and fasting



sorry for all the food talk during the fast. My friend over at mudspice included a link to a site called "nineteen days". Its beautiful and inspirational. I find not fasting, with a family and a husband who is, just as precious. March is such a gift after February. We've even had days with all the windows open...and at moments it smells like spring! (oh, if you didnt know, Baha'is fast for 19 days from sun rise to sunset, every year... more info here...)

OK, to change the subject, here is the painting.

Its bigger. Its a different sort of style I was experimenting with. I like the way it looks like a wood cut. I love wood cut...did I mention my major in school was printmaking? I miss it so, and, well, this is a homage to it.

So, I did this painting and there are things I really like about it, but found I am moving quite far from the feel if the little paintings I was doing - and there is something there that I want to really soak in... you know, just delve into.

I started this project with some really stringent constraints. Uniform studio talks about that in her post about a painting she did with her kid. Its sort of a thing us architects love...the more constraints the more creative we can be.

Anyways, this series was based on a series of simple ideas I had sketched. I was to use only earthy colours, and simple compositions. I wanted the content and subject to be united, and to evoke a feeling of history, nostalgia, and mystery of the unknown future.

but now I am finding there's not enough constraints! So many directions and options! Its all so exciting. I feel I could spend my entire life exploring just one painting, one colour, one idea...sigh.

Oh "Art"... Thou art so...


big.

7 comments:

Cameron D. said...

Yeah, I noticed this painting at your house the last time we were over & one of my first thoughts was that it resembles a wood cut. It's pretty neat. I didn't know you were a print major ... I assumed you were a painting major.

Those 'constraints' you talk about ... it seems the right amount of that can benefit the creative process. For me it's a sort of tension or friction. Brings to mind something Salman Rushdie wrote about how creativity can stem from friction ... and the art is in the sparks.

mammacomic said...

cool, I have always wanted to read Rushdie...do you have a favorite to suggest starting on?

Cameron D. said...

Well, Rushdie's books can be rather difficult to get into - but once you're in you're good! (usually) ...

'The Ground Beneath Her Feet' is probably my personal favorite ...
'Midnight's Children' is his most celebrated work, good place to start as well.

I can lend you some if you like.

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