I’ve Scrapped All of my Sketches-Cleo

…and I’ll tell you why. This semester a key part in every piece that I have done is improvisation. The guitar line and drum beats in the song were improvised. Much of my dance was choreographed in a trial and error improvisation method. I went in with a clear head, and allowed art to happen. I’ve never thought of visual art that way. It’s always been something carefully planned or meticulously copied from reality. But when I was gathering sources for my project’s Works Cited, I gathered lots of sources focused on creating visual art using musical improvisation techniques. As someone who primarily identifies herself as a musician, this speaks to me. And since reading these articles I’ve become infatuated with the idea. And so I’ve decided to try something entirely new to me. I want to improvise my final drawing.

Here is a link to one of the articles that sent me out on this path.

I’ve been thinking heavily on what exactly this process should be. And I’m harkening back to the methods I used while dancing. Essentially I’ll improvise the whole thing, all at once, in one sitting. And then do it again, and again. Once I have a few sketches, all fairly different, I’ll work on the process of sorting through them and finding likes and dislikes within each. Keeping these things in mind, however, not looking at the prior improvisations, I’ll make another. From there I’ll enter a process of revision, where I’ll pull out issues with the piece and address them one at a time.

While I know that time is running short, I think that this is the path that I have to take this project for me to fulfill the exploratory nature of it all. Wish me luck.

2 thoughts on “I’ve Scrapped All of my Sketches-Cleo

  1. nalovera

    I am so happy you are starting to loosen up and explore the spontaneity of visual art in the way you have with dance and music. I often find that some of the artists with whom I resonate most are those whose work is very improvisational (Basquiat, Miro, of course Kandinsky, Twombly, etc.). It’s something I work on myself, even with my more serious paintings I sometimes find myself letting the paint take me where it wants to go and being surprised myself with the end result. I can’t wait to see what you come up with, much luck.

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  2. Gwyneth Turner

    This seems like an incredibly bold and courageous step you’ve taken in your artistic process – quite fitting for such a bold and courageous artist. Approaching your visual art with the same spontaneous spirit that you have incorporated into your music really seems like it will make the various components of your project more cohesive.

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