I found a neat site. Every friday, there's a topic posted to inspire an illustration. This lovely paper plate (:-) is a collage of tempura, wood, newsprint, and drawings. There's a violent tornado tearing down the home of a little girl and her cat. Violent tornado, literally. The clippings of the tornado are of the NY Post police blotter and the suit of some high profile mafia type heading to court. But on my mind was Cabbagetown in Atlanta. I'm still having a hard time grasping a tornado hitting downtown Atlanta.
I watched a documentary on Romare Bearden this weekend. I can't help but want to imitate. But playing around Paint.Net made my little paper plate much more interesting to me. Now that I have to come up with ideas for lesson plans, I'll be doing lots more crafty, dare I say artsy, projects because I want to see what works and what doesn't for various age groups. I can't get this thought out of my head, where they put up artwork by a master vs. a child and asked people to guess which one was made by a child. Maybe it was in a movie, a tv show, a book, who knows. Basically, they were asking people to validate or invalidate real artists. Well, years late, I've finally come to a conclusion about why this setup always bothered me. The question immediately invalidated the works of the children. And I think many artists, hate to sound like a cliche, tap into that inner child with the colors, shapes and images that they like, the visions they see, dreamed, or feelings felt, all the while testing their imagination. I could see this idea being a template for a bigger piece in the future where I have more time, and not just a couple hours before the little one wakes up.


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