#4: Art is the product of process

IMG_1505From: 101 Things to learn in art school lesson #4: “Whether conceptual, experimental, emotional, or formal, the process you develop yields the image you produce. The materials you choose, the methods of production, and the sources of the images should all reflect the interests that command your attention. The process does not stop with each work completed. It is ongoing. The cumulative results of that process is a body of work.” ~Kit White

Love that. It seems to suggest that art is not about perfection, but your own unique thingy. I’m liking that a lot. Thanks to Mindy Lacefield and Christie Tomlinson, here is the process I’ve been working these days: relaxing, inking, crayoning, painting in blotches and drops, and general doodling to create a background:
IMG_1246Most of this is done with my left hand, as it helps me to let go:

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Then I try to find a body, or face shape, or an eye or arm to “build” from. I think I saw a little running body and then decided where to put the face:

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I actually didn’t like the final effect of the face. I got all caught up and fussed with it too much. So I started over, and going as fast as I could (to keep from freezing up) came up with a little climber boy (a little like my son):
IMG_1509IMG_1507IMG_1505Painting with abandon has helped create a raw quality in the final effect. The methods and the images are starting to flow a little easier, and I feel a little thrilled while I’m in the process. 🙂

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