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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)

REACT AND RESPOND

David Limrite-Artist, Coach, Mentor, Teacher

This untitled work in progress is a good example of reacting and responding to each line, scribble, smudge, erasure, paint stroke, splash, drip and layer.


“Whatever meaning that a picture has is the accumulated meaning of 10,000 brushstrokes, each one being decided as it was painted."

~ Robert Motherwell


React to every mark or brushstroke that you make, And then respond with your next mark or brushstroke.

Let the drawing or painting unfold and reveal itself to you. Create your work one mark or stroke at a time.

Be patient.

Don't rush it.

Don't force it.

Experience the process, The thrill and the mystery of creating.

Watch what is happening as you draw or paint.

Look and see.

In order to experience all of this awesomeness, you have to begin. You have to do something. You have to make a mark or a brush stroke in order for you to have something to react and respond to.

You have to become engaged.

You have to be fascinated with the process.

You have to be on the lookout for accidents, discoveries, surprises, and anything that will propel your creation forward and make it better, more interesting and more beautiful.

Think of your paper or canvas as an arena of discovery, where desire, chance, skill, idea, media and surface are all engaged in a common purpose, which results in a collection of marks that reveal the process and ultimately reveal the finished work.

Make a mark. Look. See. React. Respond.

Best,

David