Making art and searching for beauty

When you look at a beautiful object, you know that it strikes you as visually positive, but you don’t always know why.  It makes the drawing better if I can answer that question– why is the object beautiful to me? What do I need to do in my drawing to try to convey this, colorfully and imaginatively. Is it the way the light is hitting it at a particular time of day, giving it a golden glow? Is it the S-curve that the flowers on that delicate bush seem to be making with their naturally analogous colors draped over the cascade of vivid green leaves… Is it the negative space that the object creates and less about the actual object? These are the types of questions that I might think about when I look at something.

my pastels

About Rachel Heu

"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom: Why do I have to obey the rules? Why can't I be different? Why can't I do it my way?" --Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life (pg. 133)
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