Wouldn't it be boring if we all approached art in the same way? Like if we all had this goal, having our work fit into a bucket or category or label or x number of check-boxes from a particular set of rubrics.*
Your work can be folk art slash abstract slash dada slash land art. I like these possibly related words: nuance, simplify, revise, alter, polish, interpolate, arc. Grunge, geometric, gridded, gradient, gaudy, genre.
Random thoughts for today.
Even if you don't have any earthly idea what you are doing, you can still just start. Life is short. Gather knowledge and techniques and ideas as you go. As soon as you get to something that you want to do, but can't do, do some testing and research and figure out what you need to figure out. Make a list. Then incorporate/alter/utilize/recycle/excerpt that list in your next journal page or index card. Incorporate your discoveries and stepping stones. Take notes.
Don't be frustrated by the curvaceousness of the learning curve.
Index cards, moleskine drawing journals, watercolor paper... hardback books. Why would you make yourself choose only one, when you can do different things with different papers?
We all need a way to focus our energy on positive things when negative things seem to surround us. My scope here is simply art, free form art, playful art, art that lets you lose yourself and keep moving forward with more clarity.
*Official Disclaimer. If you are in art school
and your work is being graded,
let's just pretend, for the heck of it, that we're talking
about the work you do in your free time.