Friday, December 23, 2016

Less is More

I love to do art.  Any kind of art.  It is no doubt, when I am off from my real job that you will find me in my basement working on the next big thing.  I will try anything.  I experiment with mediums and sometimes an occasional unheard of soot from the wood heater to make something look weathered, or mix alcohol with paint to see if the concoction yields the outcome I am wanting.

In school I had the most amazing art teacher.  Mrs. Myra "Katie" McNeely.  I wanted to be an art teacher like her...but I didn't want to be a teacher...that required going to school again and all I wanted to do was be out of school.  I was not a fan of school, but Mrs. McNeely was the coolest teacher ever so I went to school everyday just so I could go to art class.  The world lost this artist in 1998 and boy was it a big loss.

In class Mrs. McNeely taught me one thing that has stuck with me since she told it to me back somewhere between 1989 and 1991.  Less is more.  The less you put on the canvas or the less you embellish the more the eye is drawn to the subject.  I think a LOT of folks could use this philosophy when they are creating stuff...if they ever create stuff for themselves. (See one of my previous blog entries called "Just Try It" for my thoughts on folks that are afraid of trying something.)  If you find yourself adding more sequins and rhinestones to an already embellished jean jacket, step away from the glue gun!!!!  Now this does not mean don't try to craft or create. This simply means step back and ask yourself, what is my subject, and is it making its self known in the piece.  Are things in the piece fighting to be the headliner?  If so, then you may have went too far.

So, if you haven't figured out art is my thing, but art is a very broad subject.  It can be the art of decorating, drawing, painting, playing music, or even soot smudging! Everybody's got their something and mine is art that includes drawing, painting, music, writing (on occasion), and many other things that we will eventually get to in this blog.  That's why I chose this as the name of my blog.  

Find your art.  What is your something? The something, or somethings, that make you, you?  Leave your something in the comment section.

The world is but a canvas to our imagination - Henry David Thoreau

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