Deep (and Just-Medium-Deep) Thoughts

Sometimes I have these thoughts. I want to know what other people think about them. Here is a space for you to see a little into my mind, and give it feedback. Sometimes I will quote Jack Handy.


Deconstruction of Light

The art department at my school does this really awesome thing where, every Thursday, they hire a model to come to our drawing studio so that anyone can come and practice their skills. Last night I partook in one of these Open Model Sessions and for 2 hours painted in the corner. I discovered so many amazing things in those two hours about light, volume, line, and space. The main thing I focused on was the warmth and coolness of light and how it falls on the planes of the model's figure. The light from the lamp over the model's head was cool-- represented by the cool green highlights. The ambient light was warmer, hence the red shadows under the chin. Each brush mark is there for a specific reason. I let myself dart around the page-- giving no attention to the fact that this is a painting of a girl on a pillow, but rather simply responding to the planar light relationships. I'm looking forward to a whole semester of these sessions!


Uncarved Block

This is something from my sketchbook a few weeks ago. I had an interesting conversation with a Cuban student in which I realized: if he didn't know the answers, he jumped to the next most probable conclusion and stuck with it. Among many things, I learned this about myself that night: I don't jump to conclusions. If I do not know something, I do not know it. It does not destroy me to have gaps in my knowledge, fundamentally, I am ignorant. I do not know most things. From an empty mind, I can create room for only knowledge and inner peace. I found myself thinking about the Daoist notion of the I carved block. What do you think? Am I on the right path to understanding the way of the I carved block?


It's about the love you've shared, not the boxes you've checked

Something to remember as we get wrapped up in our everyday lives:


"'It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see" (Thoreau). It's interesting that..."



Art Exhibit: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Hoping to see this exhibit this week!


Flow: a Challenge/Skill relationship

Here's a follow-up to yesterday's post about Flow!