thoughts

An Attempt to Express the Inexpressable

An Attempt to Express the Inexpressable

I’m not sure if any other artists experience this, I assume that they do. Sometimes after an intense session of painting when I really feel “in the zone” it feels like I have millions of thoughts rush at me at once. I even used to have a notepad open, that I would put occasional headers in saying, “thoughts while painting”. I continued this habit on my phone too when a notebook was unavailable. It appeared to me that my “painting thoughts” came in a different shape. Language is a funny thing, and I think if I tried to describe what I think is happening is that since our thoughts typically come to us in a word format, that when painting there is an abundance of mental, visual data that is being forcibly compressed through the limited opening of verbal word language.

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Figure Drawing Tips & Reflection

Figure Drawing Tips & Reflection

My intention with creating a self-critique is both external and internal: external for others to see my process and perhaps learn a thing or two, or to challenge their current way of drawing, and internal to allow me to become conscious of what I’m doing with my own art.  It’s very easy to get lost in “the way that we do things” as artists and it can help to regularly reawaken your conscious awareness to what it is you’re trying to do with your art.

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