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Tamara Reading on the Back Deck


Drawn on my Verizon LG Dare Drawing Pad:

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You know, doing little art like this is both freeing and challenging. It's freeing because I always have my phone with me, and so I can strike up the opportunity to do art at any time. I don't need any tubes or water or brushes. I can just doodle at any moment, save it, and then come back to it later.

It's challenging because it's an imperfect medium with a limited palette.

Those are the colors available to me for this. No orange, strong purple, brown, gray... to mix colors, to achieve orange, for example, is to find a way to set the colors next to each other in such a way that it gives that impression.

I remember when I lived in Ames in my late teens that a friend who was an art student at Iowa State University told me that his favorite project thus far was to create two-tone icons for given ideas.

So in a 1/2" x 1/2" graphic, using only two colors, he was to depict "Work." Or "Relaxation." And so on. In a clear, uncliched way...

It's about communication and connection, and about aesthetic and attraction.

Similarly, how do I best portray what I see to those that view my art, with the limited palette available to me and a small, slightly awkward workspace?

Therein lies the fun. Because given anything I view or imagine in my head, I get to play with conveying that, which becomes a challenge that both stretches me and improves me incrementally.

Yesterday, I posted the "Drawing My Thumb" effort. Personally, I didn't like that one so much. In fact, I considered not posting it. But it feels to me that I need to be honest about my attempts with this. Some will succeed, and some will flop. And that's okay because it's part of the process, and the process is everything. The process is always more interesting than the finished piece to me.


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Tags: Verizon | LG Dare Art
by Brett Rogers, 8/17/2008 1:15:43 PM


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