IMAGINATION AND IDEAS
the attempt to become more creative, the first
consideration for you and me as artists
is deciding what to do.
Without Visual Content, pictures are not very interesting and do not engage the interest of viewers. Simply put, without cretive Visual content the picture is BORING!
Breaking up the Space is the beginning of developing visual content. I refer to this stage of development as "primary breakup forms or objects".
can think of this as part of the creative
process. It is idea development.
Following is a sample of the idea building process where we actually think about what goes into a picture:
Sample of how to develope an Idea List:
What will I choose for my theme? You
are now faced with an infinite set of
choices. You need to target one. What is current
in your life? What do you like? What do you
know something about? What is meaningful or
expressive to an idea or attitude? WHAT??
Here is one random example.
Breakup Form 1 A watermellon
Breakup Form 2 another watermellon,
After brainstorming list above we can think about how place and organize these forms in our picture. Each object listed will have its own space, size and qualities. The use of the space, the size and position of these objects, and detail. This problem is focusing on PRIMARY BREAK UP. Therefore, do not worry too much about detail today.
ON A TYPING SIZE PAGE Make a list that
is similar to the example above. List your
main theme object, and then think of other
objects which can fit in the environment of
the theme object.
Good Ideas-Good Art: Great Ideas-Great Art.
Interpretation of Themes:
About ideas: Any idea when transformed through a medium can become art. But --No idea, no art. Ideas are not hard to find. They come from our reactions to life.
The following list came from a single brainstorming session. When one brainstorms you come up with a whole lot of ideas, some will be useful others may just be discarded.
Time: Seasons as time: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer; A season to --- (plant, harvest, build, grow, suffer, destroy, want, plenty, trials; Time as Age; age of innocence, golden age, in the prime, old age; Time the destroyer, victim of time, man's dilemma in the age of machines.
Love: Self absorbing love, brotherly love; Love as lust; Lust for --- (money, power, fame, blood)
Love unrequited love, unloving, love goddess; Love of --- (country, justice, peace, security, etc;
Realms: Realms as rooms; Old rooms, large rooms, small rooms, pool rooms, bar rooms, school rooms, light rooms, dark rooms; Realms as worlds; new world, old world, day world, night world, business world, other world, other worldly; Outer space, Fairy land, Mother Goose land, --- Sea places, air places, rocky places, sandy places, glassy places, grassy places; mountains and seas, animal homes, the realm of dreams;
Feelings: Joy, Sorrow, Loneliness, Longing, Longing for --- , Confusion, Frustration, Hatred of --
Social Concerns: Roles of people; Issues of life and death; Heaven and hell; Peace, Security, Being with people; Parties, Wild or interesting characters, Caricatures; Mothers, Fathers, Clergy, Human rights, Generation gap;
Institutions: Home scenes; Sport scenes; Entertainment industry; Hospitals, Politics, Religious themes;
Art Abstraction: Abstract art can be of several kinds, One kind is "expressionistic" a category of art that brings emotional expression through distortion and extreme colors. Color can become symbolic such as green for envy and red for passion or energy; At times expressionism appears distorted or chaotic and quite out of control. This kind frequently gets a response like, "My two year old kid could do better than that!" In cases like that the view is probably missing a lot of the visual content within the work. Another kind is intellectual abstraction that tries to develop a sense of relationship between lines, forms and color. Relationship can be such as small to large, dark to light, rough to smooth, curved to strait, etc. Sometimes this kind of art can be very precise but yet hard to interpret. Symbolism is another area for free interpretation. The actual content may use objects to represent other meanings than "reality."
Art Ideas: Viewing and Interpretation Reality
Real subjects taken from Nature provide an unlimited source for drawings, paintings and design. Human beings have interpreted the natural world since before the Egyptians. Approaches to interpreting reality can vary a lot. From photo realism to semi realism. Some artists use nature for a source of "motifs' which are then used in a decorative crafty way. Clay designs with fish on them for example or clothing printed with flower patterns.
Being able to draw or paint realistically is not the only basis for 'good work' from nature. It is an even more important to bring out a personal viewpoint or interpretation than to make it look like a photo. Ordinary sights from everyday life would be a great treasure if we only had them from some observer who lived hundreds or thousands of years ago. Likewise your own every day life and environment would be a treasure to anyone who might wonder what life was like when you went to school as a young person.
Subjects (landscape scenes)
life Subjects, all sorts of objects,
flowers, fruit, vegetables, non living forms,
displayed for composition for paintings or