The main body of my two part volume on “Drawing” is now complete. What is now required is a bridge to the volumes on “Painting”. This is provided by returning to the subject of “accuracy” as a catalyst to “creativity“.
It is common to find artists and teachers that scorn accuracy. These point out point out that all truly accurate drawings would be the same, no matter which artist produced them and that this would be the antithesis of creativity. But nowhere in any of my books is this use of accuracy recommended. What they do recommend is its use as a tool for both ‘looking‘ and ‘feeling‘ in new ways.
The efficacy of the ‘looking‘ part is easier to explain, for the search for accuracy gives us every chance of expanding awareness. This must be the case for it requires us to adopt strategies that reveal aspects of appearance that we normally overlook.
In “Drawing with Feeling“, the first BOOK in this volume, the focus is on two inextricably linked approaches to seeking accuracy:
The analysis of relativities of size, length, orientation, curvature, position on page, etc..
The use of comparative looking to as a means of avoiding the many traps that the processes of visual perception have laid in our way.
Due to the fallibility of human judgement, neither of these can actually achieve total accuracy. But that is beside the point. It does not matter how inaccurate the result, the process of seeking it will have revealed new aspects of appearances and provide opportunities for finding out more about ourselves.
In “Drawing with knowledge“, the second BOOK in this volume, the emphasis is on using linear perspective and anatomy, not as rules for construction images, but as ways of guiding looking strategies. In other words as tools that encourage new awarenesses.
In the next two books, “Painting with Light” and “Painting with Colour“, the emphasis is on how knowledge of light and colour-related phenomenon can help develop our sensitivity to colour in nature and extend and enrich our domains of exploration.
The idea that the accuracy aspiration might provide a bridge to the awakening of new feelings is harder to for some people to entertain. However it necessarily constitutes a voyage of discovery and, accordingly, provides a way of enriching the memory stores that link us to the feelings of a lifetime.
2 thoughts on “A bridge to creativity”
Francis, This is a tour de force of a post. What a wonderful collection of quotes to support your comments about how the pursuit of accuracy can guide one toward creative expression. This is such an important point to understand for artists and art teachers. Thank you once again for sharing such thought provoking writings.
Magnifique! Merci pour tout. Ton enseignement m’a apporté durant toutes ces années passées tous les outils utiles à une recherche créative inépuisable. Il suffit d’avoir le courage de persévérer pour en apprécier le bonheur qu’elle procure. Ton livre que tu élabores avec tant de soins est une mine de ressources pour celui qui se consacre au dessin et à la peinture et qui n’as pas la chance d’avoir connu et profité de l’enseignement de ton école . Tu as su recueillir ici tous les écrits d’artistes reconnus qu’aucun professeur d’art que j’ai pu rencontrer ne se donne la peine d’utiliser pour aider ses élèves à gagner une liberté assumée par la confiance en soi . C’est la connaissance du processus énoncé qui donne cette confiance. Finalement, c’est le chemin parcouru pour cette recherche de la sensation qui me procure le plus de plaisir. Et encore une fois merci de m’avoir permis de le découvrir. Marie Thérèse