Oceanic Cable recently traded my old modem, cable box, and remote control for new equipment to manage their faster internet speeds. I must admit that I've gained great fondness for that device in the upper left corner of the photo. I can fast-forward, mute, pause, and reverse at will, which is what I would love to be able to do with my mind. Especially when it comes to artmaking. It would be nice to fast-forward through indecisiveness and mute the concerns of imperfections.
What I'm beginning to appreciate about the annual 365 photo projects I've done, as well as this month's NaPhoPoMo challenge, is that they focus on quantity, not quality. Just one photo a day and now I have thousands. There has to be a few good shots in that pile.
I'm gearing up for a new year of plenty, not perfect, art. If you hear of such a project, please let me know. Until then, there are a number of prolific artists who inspire me to Make More Art by writing about and teaching their craft. These are a few that I read or follow on a regular basis:
- Lisa Congdon (my sketchbook, shown above, with one of her class exercises);
- Crystal Moody
- Geninne Zlatkis
- Alisa Burke
- Carla Sonheim
- Jane Davies
Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland, a book about making art from the inside out.
During the month of November, as part of NaPhoPoMo, I intend to post at least one photo a day here. Sometimes with a little story, sometimes with only a caption, always in the hope of resisting the urge for it all to be perfect.
Photo: iPhone 5s, Camera+