Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
No matter what you do for a living I believe creativity and innovation are important factors in how much we as human beings enjoy and are sustained (enriched) by the endeavors we pursue. Succeeding in the global (technological) economy demands constant innovation and creativity. This is becoming more and more evident as economies are getting more and more dependent upon each other and so much business is conducted over the internet. We don’t even know the types of jobs that are going to be out “there” in ten years – information and knowledge are growing at such a rapid pace. As I have mentioned before in my various blog entries…the Industrial Revolution is over and so is the Information Age and as many techno Guru’s like Dan Pink are predicting we are now living in the Creative Age and the people who are going to succeed in this new age are going to be the highly creative, right brained entrepreneurial types.
My Translation in Paint
With that said…I’m really glad I’m painting again. Painting forces my creative spirit to emerge from the depths of my being. I’ve learned so much over the past 20+ years teaching Art History and Photography and now I am attempting to incorporate my knowledge of the theory and design elements of art and translate them into my own art ork. Granted…I’ve been painting and creating mixed media works for many years, but never have truly practiced my painting craft like I do teaching and photography because of the amount of time it takes to get really proficient. I had a major creative breakthrough yesterday because it finally dawned on me that I do NOT have to paint external reality in a purely didactic representational manner. While I was taking a painting class last year this is what I focused on because I wanted to learn how to paint what I saw in front of me and that was a good thing as I climbed the learning curve of mixing paints and palette management, but now that I have some of the basics down it is time to synthesize my personal sensibility as an artist (creative person) with those basic painting skills and create a style that is all my own. This painting of the Atlantic Beach Pier at Sunset is the first time I’ve been able to meld the new knowledge with my personal (highly expressive) style. I’m not there yet by no means, but I at least know what direction to take with my painting. Last night it occurred to me that it takes personal courage and confidence to paint and I do believe this – that is to paint from your heart and soul and not try to paint like someone else.