Friday…September 25th…More Noise From the High Desert

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“Miles From Nowhere” 2009

another Friday rolls itself right in….to a perfect fit…. this week I’ve seen the changes fall is starting to bring…makes me walk a bit quicker…think faster…maybe even smile more…as I love this time of year…in the desert….

I’ve built a great deal of jewelry this week…I’ve started documenting the process….making the method more concrete rather than just solidified in my brain..and have found the process is really a series of miniscule steps…small little movements that all have significant…meaning…yet are entirely built around my way of doing and completing things…that’s the part I found intriguing…and soon realized that individualized methodology is what makes the end result different for anyone who builds jewelry….paints…scuplts…draws…fill in the blank….

I know that regardless of the work one does…the method they adopt…develop….change…. is what separates their finished product from others… think of an apprentice who studies the exact way of building a ________________________. they study with the master for years…learn his trade as well as he has taught it…and emulate it to the letter….they have little if any personal input that causes change…and build what they know based on method….I know this as I have had apprentices that worked with me for a few years each…and if they chose to change the method…the finished piece changed as well…yet if they did what I taught them…changed nothing in the method….the finished piece remained the same…something of a mirror image of mine….

so now the question becomes “Talent”…”Creativity”…..what role does talent and creativity play in it all…if methodology is the factor that seems to determine end result…I think “Talent”…”Creativity”….are like the detonator for a bomb….with out them the bomb is a device that appears one way…yet has no ability to respond to that appearance…where as you introduce the detonator….the appearance now becomes something to be concerned about…something that the bomb was designed to do is very much possible now….very probable…an artist can be robotic…go through the motions…of the method…complete the exact same result ad nauseum…for what end????……introduce talent…creativity…to the mix…now the artist has the secret weapon…at their disposal…the ability to take methodology….and raise the bar by adding ability and imagination…vision…to step past the method….re-inevt the method…thus re-inventing the end result….on a consistent basis….which at some point the end result may appear further away from the original….

that sort of artistic evolution is what I think artists should strive for….to be able to look back over  work…see where it was and what it did…by experimentation…and staying far away from some uniform…carved in stone method….of completion…keeps me from painting in our sleep….these days…..

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