Slowly recovering from the over indulgence of this time of year, I am losing myself in the books I have been given, a different perspective. From my son, Think Like an Artist by Will Gompertz. Bells are ringing.
He talks of Bridget Riley only coming to prominence when her personal pressure valve burst and she abandoned colour for black and white, her Plan B.
Much of what he is illustrating is what Caroline and Angela have been stressing:
Experiment constantly, be curious, there is no failure, only learnings and Plan B.
Identify past experiences, work, relationships, interests. It was particularly interesting to following the development of David Ogilvy, the US ad agency boss, and how each aspect of his life contributed to his final direction and success.
Borrow, but preferably steal and build on previous artists’ style, achievements, discoveries. Nothing is new. The development of Picasso the brand in his Blue Period was a distillation of everything he stole and then built on.
Make connections that are unique to me.
Amelia Cox recommended frequent referral to Michael Atavar’s How to be an Artist. He states ‘Find one simple idea and build on it – fast, slow, inverted, forward, splintered, whole.’
Time to review, reflect, steal, distill, make new unique connections, amplify. Happy 2016!