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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rembrandt & Art Planning - The Daily Log for 08-04-15

A better night in the studio tonight. I think I have my energy back again. A lot of work was done on the Raja's Tomb sculpture. I also began the discovery phase of the new sculpture to be called "Holding Up Progress. 

Raja's Tomb

Holding Up Progress

Every sculpture goes through a discovery phase. You don't just go instantly from idea to creation. I don't think painting is quite the same. You can begin a painting by simply having an idea. I am sure their are sculptors out there that can do this, but I'm not one of them. There has to be a time of figuring out the dynamics of a complicated sculpture. The layout, the materials used, the size are all important aspects of the piece.

I am constantly warning students that if you don't think through the steps of a piece of art first you can literally paint yourself into a corner. That's when discouragement sets in and you abandon the piece because you've lost your direction on it.

I see this happen with a lot of young artists. I hear them say "I lost interest half way through". But did they? Or did they box themselves in with their idea?

Its something to think about.

I watched a short documentary on Rembrandt today while I worked. This was a little different because it was an analysis of the kind of paint that he used in his works. I highly suggest checking out as it gives you a great idea of what earlier painters used to have to go through and how fortunate we are to have easy access to paints and equipment for our work.

I think thats all for tonight. Training an intern tomorrow and more model interviews. Looking forward to the new equipment coming at the end of the week. Watching the mail avidly for it!


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