Thursday, October 4, 2007

Gaining Perspective ...

Last night we spent our time in class learning about 1 and 2 point perspective. It was simple - it was amazing. Suddenly the notion of drawing a complex scene was relegated to 'staying between the lines'. I mean, it just simplified everything to realize that working to a vanishing point ( or points ) gives your drawing boundaries within which you must work. Suddenly, everything has a place where it fits and it looks 'real' when you're done.

As part of the 'in class' work, we were asked to draw a lighthouse, with a keeper's house and outhouse. We were to choose our own vantage point, but we were required to use 2 points of perspective. We could place the elements of the scene wherever we wished. I was floored by how easy it was to place everything where it belonged and to draw what was for me, previously, a scene far too complex to even begin to contemplate as a subject for my own work.

Way cool.

I think my perspective on all of this may be changing a little ... in a positive direction.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

What will I do ???

The weekend wasn't very productive - on the Art front, at least. And, of course, I never got as far as figuring out the process for putting samples of work online. Be that as it may, I have come to the slow realization that I suffer for guidance. I don't know what to do next - I don't know which way to turn to work on or develop skills - there is so much to do and so many methods and and ideas and things I would LIKE to do that I seem paralyzed by the choices, and nothing gets done. When I am working under guidance the choices are already made for me, all I have to do is follow along. When I am left to my own devices I get 'lost in the details'. What will I do??