Approaches to creativity

I like making 3D Fractal art, which is of course based on using a computer program. I recently discovered a better way to do what I want, and thought “Aha! I’ve found something new!” which of course isn’t true.

I simply found out how to do what works for me. It doesn’t sound as glamorous, but that’s what it is about, working at it until it works for you.

They’re like my kids

Stop me if you’ve heard that before, but as most overused aphorisms go, it’s trite but true.

You can kill me now for writing the preceding sentence, but as my painting process goes, I do see a lot of frenzied world-building at the start, followed by ever-reducing instruction and refinement, until I deem the ‘child’ ready to fly on its own, often long after it already flew away.

Studio Time

Studio Practice is a fascinating aspect of Making Art and its legitimacy. If legitimacy is indeed the measure, I’m the cousin who looks like your twin brother, if you catch my drift.

The more I just take the time to look at WIPs every time I can, the better. Constant evaluation is certainly part of good Studio Practice.

No Sketchbook!

Haven’t had one in a long while and don’t know why.

One problem this creates, especially if you like to stay away from the phone every so often, is: where do you take notes when ideas occur to you while painting?

With HIGHLY SELECTIVE screening of what really needs to be written, I grab a Sharpie or big, dark pencil, and write on the work table.

“Always push the materials 2 do the work”

I consider my materials to be my employees I guess. They get free room, board, and health-care, at least!


Not that type.

My process of painting has been rigorously controlled chaos, but always, entirely additive. Any error or miscalculation was balance-corrected, or distracted-from, in some fashion.

No more! Tonight, I simply erased a mistake, after agonizing about it for several days.

I knew I could learn from the mistake, and not do it next time, but time is short.

Correct your mistakes however you can.

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