Sketchbooks, studies, diaries, notes, essays, bits of writing on cocktail napkins and matchbooks are glimpses into the creative process.
Trying to understand the back story to a body of work can be like reading a cryptic biographical map. It is much easier to understand the artist who document the completed work through written statements, detailed notes and photographs.
I have tried to be an artist that nurtures an idea in a sketchbook. But I feel constrained in that format. I don't make thumbnails or value sketches. I don't think they help me. In fact they seem to weaken my idea. I do make paintings from other paintings. Repeating what works, exploring new roads and eliminating what failed. I also like to use other mediums, making an oil from a pastel or a pastel from a watercolor.
But I do feel bad about not having sketchbooks full of written records of my creative process. A little less artistic perhaps. I have untidy piles of paintings and some photographs and a website.
And I have this blog, a kind of modern sketchbook. My documentation.
How do you document your work?
|Ranunculus, 6x6, watercolor|