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Monday
Aug262013

The Magic Formula

 

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If only art was this simple. A formula. An equation. Maybe a little derivative faerie dust sprinkled on top. 

I'm enamored {possibly obsessed} with thoughts about process. About documentation. I photograph my work as I go along. I like to see the different phases. The components of the equation. The techniques that build to create the art. I don't want to do the work of another artist, I want to do my own work. But to do your own work, you need to know how to do a bunch of stuff. 

True, there are tried and true methods for some things, like how to prep a wood board before painting it. There might be 3-4 different materials that will properly prep a wood board, yet 172 ways to use gesso.

Maybe the equation lies deep within Chemistry 101 or in the golden rules of design. I don't have the magic formula, but I'm on a never-ending quest to figure it out.

 

More of this and that...

 Thank you to the artists that have blogged about my Watercolor Playground workshop! GlimmerbugSeasonalityMarcia BeckettHoney & OllieSecret Lake DiariesSandra KayeKaren's Art NookStorybeader's JournalSketchbook Friends. For more about the workshop, see the intro here.

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Reader Comments (4)

I LOVE this rainbow image. I swear if I could grab it through the screen & clutch it to my heart I would. In a heartbeat!

It's just so perfect and right.

I find your space an absolute delight filled with inspiration, infused with creativity and exploration and the most intriguing ideas I've come across in my sadly dead zone art life.

I relish and treasure what's going on here. It gives me hope while admittedly frustrates the bejeebers out of me. Still, I come back for more.

Thank you :)

08.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Your documentation is absolutely gorgeous. I love all the colour you use... I come here and I can't help but feel happy!

Wishing you a lovely day.
xoxo

I'd really love some tips on photographing art journal pages. Scanning doesn't always work well so I think I'll try the camera instead. Thanks for such an inspiring blog!

08.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

I was happy to blog about your wonderful seminar. I had so much fun with it and am still creating word circles. I use them in my art journal, Project Life and scads on mail art. I have done heart shapes as well as circles. And if you remember, I hand-carved a stamp to mimic the look. I don't think you can get more inspired than that! : )

08.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandi Keene

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