Monday, March 17, 2008


These comments are the result of a query by a blogger friend (Tom Riley) whose primary craft involves writing.

There are many similarities between these two art forms that include:

Composition - Both require a cohesive composition. In a painting it is the spatial relationships between the shapes, values, and colors to bring the viewers eye to the intended subject. In writing it is the logical organization and progression of the ideas, the story line, or the argument that the writer intends to present to the reader.

Clarity - In neither endeavor should the subject be obscured and the viewer/reader distracted by superfluous clutter...unnecessary lines and words that reveal more about the artist than the subject.

A guiding principle should be...Less is More!

As an artist I have done numerous quick, on the spot sketches and have learned that they are a one time only phenomenon. A good sketch can never be completely reproduced.

Similarly, when I am mentally composing a narrative, if I do not get it down on paper at the time I find it very difficult to recapture the original words and composition.

I appreciate the comments on my blog even though I cannot respond to all of them. Also, I will be out of town for the next week and don't know if I will be able to maintain the discipline of a daily post...but will certainly try!