Monday, March 29, 2010

The Value of the Thumbnail Sketch

This Winter Concert played on into Spring! I can't believe it took me a whole month to show the final result of this collage. (And there still may be more minor changes) As you can see the previous stage of planning this piece was not quite satisfactory. 

Ideally, changing the initial concept of a piece as the creative urge prompts, allows the most freedom of expression.  I have a problem working directly on larger pieces, but working on the computer to make a study where I can make changes is very helpful. It is a matter of scale, and since the change in my vision occurred, I am even more grateful to be able to do some of the work, especially the initial planning, on the computer. If others who see this also have a hard time working on a large scale, planning a composition as a thumbnail sketch may help you too!

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Sunday, March 14, 2010


Fortune Cookies, Study for Collage, by Ruth Zachary©

Imagining new art is the first step in manifesting it.

I recently left an invitation on my Mission Page to viewers, other artists or visitors to this site to comment, suggest techniques and to interact with other artists on this site for an exchange of ideas. Perhaps visualizing an ongoing commentary was the first step in manifesting that too.

And maybe the first step is for people to simply comment. Someone named John recently left a comment on the site, which was highly complementary.  Apparently he was responding to an older post, "SUBJECT TREATMENT: More on the Line"  He liked the post and the blog in general.

To John:  Thank you so much. Your comments are very encouraging!