Welcome To My Blog! I'm So Excited You're Here!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Journey or Destination?

I was wondering, when you start a painting, doll, whatever your project is, do you plan it out, sketch it out? Or do you work on the fly? I've done both and it seems to depend on the project for me. Some things come to me in my mind completely whole and don't go away until I sculpt/paint them exactly as I see them in my mind. Others come to me in bits and pieces. I see part of it. Like the above painting I just finished, I saw the girl with the alligator on her head, with her umbrella, but I wasn't sure on the background. So how do you work? Do you then wait and let it peculate in your brain until it becomes clear? Do you sketch until you figure it out? I'm curious on how others work. I sketched her out, and still wasn't clear on the background, I thought I wanted vintage pages of text on the background, so I laid that down and sculpted her face and the alligator and sketched out the rest. Nope, that still wasn't it. So I played and along the way, the journey became clear. So by knowing the adventure from start to finish would I have missed the journey? What are your thoughts on how you work? Do you enjoy going straight to the destination or enjoy the journey to your finished artwork? xo Michele

4 comments:

Kyra said...

For me, I often have a sketch, but with areas left open. In most cases, that doesn't seem to matter though. It's more like the sketch has placemarkers, and then it sort of develops on its own. I never really know exactly how something is going to turn out. It probably makes painting it a bit harder, and more time consuming, but there is a part of me that's starting to feel that these paintings have a mind of their own, and they'll show me what they are at the end! :) I LOVE this painting, by the way! I think it's wonderful!

Michele Lynch Art said...

I love the discovery of the journey too Kyra :) Most of my sketches are loose one. I agree, it's probably more time consuming that way. There are some that just come to me start to finish though ;) Thank you on "Rainy Day"!!

Maggie said...

I totally enjoy the journey! Sometimes I sketch out what I have pictured in my mind, but usually I just go for it. Serendipity also has a role...
Love your alligator girl.

Michele Lynch Art said...

Thank you Maggie! The journey is so fun to see it unfold that way!