What Makes A Painting Work Art Blog
Ordinarily I paint or draw every day. Currently, as I adapt the shape of my life to include spending three days & nights a week in caring for a parent, the pace of creativity has slowed down. On the other hand I have found myself at my keyboard in the late evening on nights at my mom__™s house, returning to poetry more often than I have at any other time since I first developed a passion for creating visual art. So my creative efforts have been modified in that I paint, draw, or write almost every day (however brief the moments I steal). I__™ve also been giving some thought to the composition of everyone__™s opus of sorts__"how we design our own lives.
Some of the vocabulary that describes a successful work of art can also describe an approach to life that can carry us through challenging periods and help us maximize our creative efforts in the best of times. Balance, focal points, perspective, value contrast, busy areas and rest areas, some touches of strong color, not being too static, knowing the place for hard edges and where a softer touch is needed can help us paint a landscape, a portrait, a still life, an abstract, or our own very human life.
My Christmas wish, my New Year__™s wish, for you is that you can find that balance, that mix of exuberant creative energy and of creative discipline in your work and in your life, and with it find joy!
(if you want more about the painting shown, check my small works gallery)