Week 9

Week 9 :

Wednesday, October 24

No demo today. We will continue working on the project we started last week.


  • We talked for a while about deciding what to paint. See below for the quote I read from the book "Art & Fear".
  • NEXT WEEK: We will continue working in a similar vein. I asked you to bring in scraps: pictures, old drawings, magazine cut-outs, colors, text etc. Whatever you'd like, but I want it to all relate somehow to the line of poetry that you worked from for this weeks painting.
  • I would like for us to continue focusing on a single, very specific idea or phrase. Sometimes a very narrow focus can help us access a much more broad and daunting line of thought. I would like to continue exploring this idea for another week.

...we don’t learn much about making art from being moved by it. Making art is bound by where we are, and the experience of art we have as viewers is not a reliable guide to where we are. As viewers we readily experience the power of ground on which we cannot stand - yet that very experience can be so compelling that we may feel almost honor-bound to make art that recaptures that power. Or more dangerously, feel tempted to use the same techniques, the same subjects, the same symbols as appear in the work that aroused our passion - to barrow, in effect, a charge from another time and place.

— David Bayles ~ Art & Fear

Download this chapter from Art & Fear HERE.