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Do you ever find yourself suddenly in the middle of nowhere? | I received a good thoughtful critique about the picture book I am working on this morning. There is still more work to do but for the moment I am feeling a bit stuck. I know that if I dig in that the new ideas will start coming.
At age four, my youngest daughter once said:
“Ya know. If you are ever standing on the edge of a cliff with a broken leg and there is a stampede coming, you just jump, you just go with it.”
I need to listen to Art & Fear. That usually gives me some perspective.
Corrugated Trees | The corrugation is one of my favorite textures that I haven’t found much use for. I think the texture and repetition of the vertical lines are comfortable regular rhythms.
Window Flowers | I am growing several plants right now a geranium, a pineapple, and a dwarf blueberry bush. I am having a difficult time deciding if they should be inside or out. Inside is too easy for them and outside is too harsh (It isn’t the heat it is the hail). So in and out they go and at least they are still alive.
Wild flowers | This year I planted a big chunk of my backyard into wild flowers. I highly recommend it. The seeds were a Western wild flower mix. It has been fun to see what comes up. I have more seed to plant this Fall.
There is a grain field through my back window. I love to watch a gentle wind blow through it. Today I planted a seed by sending a request for representation to a literary agent. It will take some time but I am glad that I have finally planted. I hope there is a harvest.
My mind is feeling a bit slow today and so here are some snails. Have you ever stepped on a snail? It has the most unpleasant hollow popping sound.
A self portrait emerged today. Once one of one of my friends said to his dad. “Dad him have a long neck.” True statement.
A flying penguin with fairy wings flying through rain clouds. The penguin is a bit strange and a little sad. I like the spiral line clouds and should explore that as an option in future images.
The rounded rectangles remind me of looking out of the window on a plane. I like the window seat.
A flowering vine is always an fun subject. I think about balance and rhythm in constructing the drawing. I started with a random line on the page and just let the drawing happen.
This is a peek of a picture book I am working on. It is in the story development phase. I am hopeful that the story is to a point that it is ready for submission. I just need to let it simmer for a few days.
Over the River and Through the Woods is the first page in a new sketch book. I need to get better at drawing directly into the computer and I want a non threatening page to sketch on once a day.
Rules: one page a day analogue or digital, only black and white, 15 minutes drawing and 15 minutes writing.
I am surprised and pleased at how much this looks like a child’s drawing. When examining the work of Paul Klee he seems to show no fear in his expression. His images are filled with “What if?” explorations. This is a place where “What if?” can exist.
I have had a great time working on this project. The image that I am showing here is for the cover of the concert program but I am also creating images for projection in a massive way as background for the concert at the BYU-Idaho center.
The concert explores traditional christmas music with other music from Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil. The paper cut addresses the traditional and the warm painting of colors in the background address these warmer cultures.
Painting created using Skoughtee Texture No.001. Download
Here is a repeating pattern created in a vector drawing program.
Folding paper has led to my discovery of Joseph Albers and his ideas about teaching. The more I read about him the more I like him. The article Experimentation, Not Replication by Oliver Barker is a great article that clearly articulates the teaching philosophy of Joseph Albers.
“For me education is not first giving answers, but giving questions. And if a student comes to me with a question, I consider if very carefully whether I should answer him or not. When I give him the answer to an execution, then I take away from him the opportunity to invent it himself and discover it himself.”-Josef Albers
As a design educator I have been trying to decide how to educate the next generation of designers in a world that is requiring a higher and wider level of skill within the limits of a four year degree. One solution that is often suggested is to make the degree longer but I have come to the conclusion that a degree is not a point of arrival, it is just a push start. There is no way to provide all the skills and information that a student seemingly needs and so instead of delivering a fixed set of skills, the delivery needs to develop students with an adequate set of skills and the ability/flexibility to gain the skills as they need them.
Design education cannot be a series of “paint by number” projects that produce artifacts without understanding.
Design education cannot be a series of “paint by number” projects that produce artifacts without understanding. As a teacher I need to be open to student solutions that I have never seen.
What do you think about the current state of design education? What is necessary for a graduate to create a successful career in todays world?
Mixing physical and digital media can produce some wonderful and unexpected results. This Ted Talk by Marco Tempest is a wonderful example. (Motion Design: Alain Renold, Pop-up Design: Peter Dahmen)
Skoughtee Texture No.002 available September 9
Skoughtee Texture No.002
This is my submission for the Brigham Young University-Idaho Art Faculty Show (summer of 2013). 3 Inkjet prints, each print is 24 x 34 inches
Diamond Point 1
Diamond Point 2
Diamond Point 3