04/13/2005: "Secret to Better Painting?"technorati tags: philosophical
I've ordered a book called The Simple Secret to Better Painting: How to Immediately Improve Your Work with the Golden Rule of Design.
Intro: "Albert's how-to reduces compositional guides to one "master rule": never make any two intervals--of distance, length, spacing, and dimensions of shapes, or the value intervals on a value scale and colors on the color wheel--the same."
Composition is one of the most important elements in my work...so I'm excited for this book to arrive (I don't remember this "golden rule of design" and I sure as hell haven't been following it). My only fear is that studying too many rules might actually further impede my creativity. I know that (supposedly) we have to know the rules in order to break them, but in some ways I think my work was more original *before* I went to art school... back when I was just blissfully making shit up.
After too many art history courses to count I felt the weight of thousands of years of visual art pressing down on me and found it stifling to my own creativity (sorry Holly)...but it seemed suddenly I couldn't do anything without realizing it was derivative. So I ask: do we risk losing anything by becoming *too* academic in our approach to creating art?