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Art as Discipline

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

This is a tough one. Also critical. Since I retired from my regular job, I have approached this undertaking as a new job; meaning that I allocate time and effort toward the ultimate aim of success. But therein lies the rub.

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What is "Success"?

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

"Success" is the ultimate aim for any venture. When we undertake any project, be it large or small, we anticipate success. But, what exactly IS it? When I first decided to become a full time artist, I had to ask myself this question, and I continue to ask it every day.

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The Process

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

I recently had a conversation with an art student about how her professors emphasized pre-sketching the piece before approaching the final draft. I couldn’t agree more, at least in most cases. When we talk of pre-sketching, if we’re doing it correctly, that doesn’t mean just draw a few lines and dive in.

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What is "Bad Art"?

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

What constitutes "bad" art? What constitutes good? And why "punish" the artist based on one's opinion? By "punish" I assume he meant rejection.

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Does Art Think?

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

I came across this question somewhere in my literary travels. It got me to thinking about the creative process. Why do we create? And mind you, creativity doesn't just lie with artists or musicians or writers, et al, but it exists in all of us. I see creativity all over the place: in sports game posters, quilts, graffiti, and God knows MEMES! Literally everywhere. Something exists where before there was nothing. I'll bet you have created things all the while never considering yourself an artist. Well, you are. So why do I do this particular thing? These mostly strange images?...

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