Idea Development
Part 1


Interpretation of Themes:

Charles Pinkney, the Pinkmeister
Your Instructor and Host

Art is always 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.   There are some themes below that could be interpreted with any kind of art medium.

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." 

Interpreting Themes In an Expressive Way 

 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 which occur in our every day life and environment: Page 2   Human subjects: Working, Playing, Studying, Working out, Playing a sport; The very fact that the action is so common place usually makes it a very good candidate for a picture. But at the same time, because it is so common we think it is not a good idea. Treasures from everyday life might include your mom in the kitchen with an apron, your father on the tractor with his cap. Your little brother sprawled in front of the TV, your sister styling her hair with a blow dryer.  

 Interpretive Portraits


Outdoor Subjects (landscape scenes) Places in the wild, out of doors; Buildings, Fields, Trees, Fence Rows; Rivers or Lakes; Natural park; Townscapes or Cityscapes are details of buildings and streets; Views of the streets and store fronts.    

 Indoor Subjects, (Interiors) 

Interesting places seen from the inside; Living rooms, dining rooms, ball rooms, bedrooms, basements, bathrooms, studios, deserted rooms, malls. 

   Still life Subjects in recent years,
includes all kinds of everyday forms, 
fruits, vegetables, or objects found in life.  

 Getting a Jump Ahead