Monday, December 10, 2012

5 Tips for Seeing Like an Artist

I am blessed to have friends working in just about every field imaginable. Scientists, Architects, Coaches, Engineers, Teachers, etc. -- it's fascinating how differently we all see the world!
Of course there are as many artists as there are people, but this week I am writing a series of posts about what it is generally like to see the world through the eyes of an artist. So without further ado, Tip Numero Uno:

CONSIDER IT ALL POSSIBLE (And Be Just A Tiny Bit Insane)
 An artist does not consider reality in terms of its limitations. Where other professionals may look and see what is, an artist looks and sees what may be. 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are a classic example:
Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin
Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin counties, California

Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland
Over The River, 6 x 40 miles of silver fabric suspended the Arkansas River in Colorado
The pair viewed landscape and architecture as jumping off points for their creations. 

Or you could consider Adonna Khare, the elementary school art teacher,who took home ArtPrize 2012's grand prize:

Khare dared to imagine a drawing which used the humblest of materials, the carbon pencil, included an exhausting level of detail, and wrapped around multiple floors of a gallery. Can you even imagine the stamina that would take?
Of course, seeing the world in terms of possibility does not apply only to thinking in terms of extreme scale. 
Capri Battery, Joseph Beuys
No matter the form of the work, an artist sees the conceptual possible in what is.

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