Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Becoming The Creature

I find it amazing that even after thousands of years, we as a people do the same things. We love. We hate. We go to war. We make peace. We live. We die. As artists, we are a bit different (some more different than others). We try to love all things. We hate going to war. We try to live in peace and harmony with the world around us.

We find a beautiful stone or gem and make a necklace or we paint an animal or carve an object. We have moved from painting on the walls of caves to using canvas. We use sterling silver/gold to enhance or hang our stones from rather than a piece of leather. We use power tools to carve. The processes of what we do might have changed and grown (duh) but the human creativity remains the same.

We still try to capture the 'spirit' of the stone, animal or object. As a visual artist (aren't we ALL visual artists?) I try to capture the 'spirit' of the animal by understanding and knowing the animal's habits and life-style. In a sense, 'becoming the creature'. I start by painting the eyes. If the eyes don't show that spirit then I start over. My question is .... what is it that YOU do to capture that 'spirit' in your jewelry, your painting or sculpting? I would be interested in knowing how you as an artist do this. What is your process or is it pure 'feeling' ?. If that is your answer then you are truly gifted. You have "become the creature".


MyGemStoneBox by Diane said...

Remember I said you would take to this easily....and you have. Thought provoking.... I would have to respond to you in this manner... I don't draw or sketch my jewelry, I see the components come \ ungroup until they are happy, then I am happy. Good work.

Jewelry Elegance by jill said...

Hi Coastal
Wonderful thought provoking blog!
Your artistic abilities shine through, in both your art and words.

Dani said...

Remember that saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"? I always felt that it should have included ..."if they choose to see it". Sometimes beauty screams at you and other times, it smiles quietly and patiently waits for you to notice it amid the noise of life. I have a spot in my workspace for the quiet beauties. They spend the day with me while I work on other things, having quiet conversations and revealing hidden nuggets of character. I always listen and sooner or later I understand how show that beauty to others. Thanks for the question, Coastal. It started my day off "beautifuly".


A Beaded Affair said...

I don't think of myself in the terms of artist when I reflect on my beading. Each stone is a work of art in itself. I am giving the privilege of combining them and once in a while they sing.

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