Path of No Return

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Yesterday I wrote about redefining the concept of “underpainting” and “overpainting” to include moving from a digital photo through digital processes leading to depicting other art forms such as oil painting and ink drawing.

Today, the image I share with you has little resemblance to the original digital image. Yet it feels more like what I experienced in that moment than the original photograph. With rising tension, I digitally worked to create this image, changing one thing, then another and yet another. Like the children in the fairy tale, I was so delighted and excited about what I was doing that I place no marks on the path for my return. Yes, I have the original photograph. But the here-to-there is lost in the same mental processing as happens when I physically paint.

In the image above, Cedar in oil, I now have only the one image left that is the voice of what I want to express.

Dr Bob Deutsch states “The creative communicator is an alchemist of thought, attending to the reasoning of emotion” in “Marketers Need to Better Understand Creativity” This statement seems right – validating. (Note: this reference is to incredible well-written article about creativity published today January 13, 2010)

Sprout Question: Accepting that you are a creative alchemist, what do you want to express in your art that isn’t available before you start?

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8 thoughts on “Path of No Return

  1. Sprout question: Accepting that you are a creative alchemist, what do you want to express in your art that isn’t available before you start?

    Writing is my art. With it, I want to lead each reader to their indwelling spring of unleashed, unlimited, potential and possibility that’s just waiting to be tapped.

  2. Sprout Question: Accepting that you are a creative alchemist, what do you want to express in your art that isn’t available before you start?

    The dark side, the things that make me uncomfortable…how to express those in my art is part of my exploration currently.

    • Thanks for answering today’s Sprout Question Susan… I agree. Sometimes the dark side just seems to be embedded when I step back and away from a piece of work for awhile. But it doesn’t always come into my work directly. There is an artist, Mike Brooker, whom I met on twitter that says “I paint the blues so I don’t have to live the blues.” His work seems to reflect a comfortableness with the dark side.

  3. i try to approach my art without any pre conceived notions about what will come out of the process. my main expectation is that i will learn something in the process. I don’t desire to express things with my art or to make gold out of lead as it were. Hopefully my exploration of self will come through in my work .

    • Jerry, I took a moment to view your self portrait portfolio (again:) before responding to your comment. I can confidently say that your “exploration of self” does come through in your work. Your thoughts about the Sprout Question remind me of what I call “getting-out-of-my-own-way” so that the work can come through. Thanks for stopping in.

    • Thanks slamdunk for answering the Sprout Question. I’m often told that my writing is like painting images with words. Your bio at the right on your blog does that for me. Your clarity of purpose or intent shines through in your work. I will argue that there is artistic ability in your written imagery – at least for me:) Thanks again for coming by.

      I am loving having this opportunity to be in conversation, and expand thoughts and ideas with other creative people.

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