art diary Bradford Brenner

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Art, Philosophically Speaking

Last night while painting I thought that maybe it would be a good idea to write down some of the random things that pop into my head, while confronted with the canvas before me. Needless to say, that was last night and I never did. It also occurred to me that it may be an interesting idea to take the blog in a direction more toward the philosophy of art (rather than whatever unknown direction it has been in). That being said, if you have read any of my previous entries there is a good possibility that this could be the first and last of it's kind!

I'm going to do my best to remember some of my revelations (a gross exaggeration) from last night's painting session. I suppose painting like everything is nothing more than a microcosm of the greater whole. Patience in art is indeed a virtue and one that I constantly need to remind myself to be patient with myself while I'm in the process of learning to be patient. I find it helpful to move from the general to the specific and not get too caught up on the details early on (if ever). To that end, it is more important to "just do it" and get the blank white canvas covered intuitively with paint a.s.a.p. regardless if it is the wrong color (and make corrections as necessary down the road). Without seeing the big picture for all intents and purposes one is blind.

I know there is much more from last night that I have since forgotten, but am confident that I will remember a ton more the second after I publish this post!


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