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Creative Seeing In Ireland

Seeing, in the finest and broadest sense means using your senses, your intellect and your emotions.

The visual artist best expresses a theme or idea by applying good composition (visual design) to support the subject matter for his/her art.

Burren Rock Wall, Ireland

Burren Rock Wall, Ireland

Good seeing begins with careful observation of what’s around you.

Always strive to look at the world in a new way.  This is when you will stop looking…and begin SEEING,

seeing…lines…shapes…textures…patterns…and colors you hadn’t thought possible.

 By avoiding preconceived ideas about how to translate your specific subject matter you’ll truly begin to explore external reality in ways that you have never experienced before.

Previsualization is when artists SEE external references in nature in new and creative ways.   During this creative process we should ask ourselves some basic questions:

View from Blarney Castle, Ireland

View from Blarney Castle, Ireland

Identify your theme?  Sadness, isolation, happiness, freedom, love, anguish.

 What is the subject matter? Peeling paint, leaves, sunset, children, elderly.

How does the subject matter express your theme and/or emotional response to your subject ? 

Are you communicating your ideas effectively?

  Our goal as visual artists and photographers is to express our themes in the best possible way using the elements 
you have at your disposal, i.e. lines, values, shapes, colors.

 It’s also important to realize that a committed artist cannot truly investigate the full potential of his/her chosen medium without an understanding of the technical “fundamentals” of that medium, for example photographers must understand basic camera operation, shutter speed, aperture and depth of field.

Technical vs. Aesthetic

Once you have a firm grasp of the technical (tools & techniques) of your photography…

Then you can begin developing your own direction…style…and philosophy.

 In photography for example there are two basic elements of design…Tone and Color. These make visible the shapes, lines, textures and perspective on which all visual expression depends.
Once you have an understanding of the nature of light you can begin investigating and observing the world around you in a new way.

 Learning to SEE means being able to abstract or extract subject matter in a given art making situation.
A basic understanding of the visual elements of design is essential to true creative seeing and better more visually dynamic image making..

* LinesDublinnewsstand
* Shapes
* Textures
* Values
* Colors…
in addition to  the organizational principles of design like balance, movement, harmony, variety and repetition.

Learning the techniques for CREATIVE SEEING will help all artists take the expressive (and technical) quality of their art to a whole new level.

Enjoy the Slide Show Below of Photographs Taken in Ireland between 2003 – 2010. I applied the art of seeing techniques in this series.

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12 comments on “Creative Seeing In Ireland

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  6. Heather Cashman
    February 6, 2011

    Hi there,
    I accidently(Is there such a thing?) hit your website and your art is just me. Art & spirtuality.
    Just wanted to say I love it.
    I am an art teacher/artist.
    Creatively yours

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  9. Athena Whitaker
    December 9, 2011

    You call it creative seeing, Real Estate the term is “Location Location Location” in photography I like to call it “Composure Composure Composure” any way you say it you have a great eye for seeing the picture.

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  12. Sarah Anne Hamilton
    May 6, 2014

    Hi Mr. K! I am looking at your art blog after our final exam for our online class at Wake Tech (2014SP.ART.115.0001). First, I am so jealous that you have spent time in Ireland. I haven’t been and it is one of my top 5 places to visit in my life. When creating my own art, I try to employ some of the same tactics you explain here in this post. I try to be inspired by what I see around me, no matter the environment. As my art career matures, I have started to notice what is around me more often than before. I try to observe the little things, as you never really know what inspiring views you may be missing. I think that this is one of the most important tools you can possess as an artist. If you are always aware of your surroundings and find inspiration in the smallest things, you can unlock a door of unimaginable beauty in which to use for your own creative being. I really enjoyed looking at your blog, as I did being in your class this semester. Thanks so much, and I look forward to exploring the rest of your blog.

    Sarah Anne Hamilton

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