Discovery: Day 319

Horizon by Robert Chapman

Art, for me, is all about discovery. All my life I’ve created simple art projects for myself that I could finish in less than an hour. It wasn’t until I started this Year of Creative Habits challenge that I was able to occasionally try my hand at projects that take several days and many hours to complete. Oftentimes I’ve had to kind of force myself to finish these projects. Gather up some patience. Really though, the reason I have trouble sticking with projects and holding onto that enthusiasm is once I get the basic structure of my idea down on paper, there it is. I’ve already figured out, usually within that first hour, exactly what I’m going to do with the rest of it. I’ve already discovered all there is.

I don’t think there’s an issue of patience here though, as I’ve actually written about that in the past. Rather, the whole reason I create artwork is to discover something new. I get an idea, and rather keep it up in my head, where it will eventually be forgotten, I have to give it physical form. That being said, I don’t believe that there’s ever been a finished piece of artwork that I’ve made that resembled my original vision completely. It always seems to take a life of it’s own and become something more. Man, creating artwork and thinking about it all, really makes me feel young and inexperienced. Not a bad thing though, it’s a fantastic feeling. There’s so much discovery left out there.

One other thing I thought about today, related to this whole discovery theme, is that I found a connection to my other interests; Space and science. I don’t think there’s anything more about “discovery” in it’s most general sense than science, space, and creating art. Those things are quite different from each other, but they share that discovery theme. At least, I feel they do. What do you think?


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