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December 12, 2020 33 min
Lines and marks in a work of art connect the viewer very directly with the hand of the artist. They can express individuality, add structure, and show evidence of the artist’s process. Perhaps because these visual elements can reveal so much, many artists are self-conscious about using them and when they do, the results can appear contrived, awkward, or random. How can we use lines and marks in purposeful ways that feel right to us? What might more intentional use of lines and marks bring to our work? Similar to the urge to view a Rembrandt or Van Gogh from inches away to see their individual brushstrokes, we are often drawn in to examine a work up close when it includes lines and marks, and we can sense the artists hand at work. There is often an immediacy and directness in part becasue just a simple tool has been used--a pencil, crayon, or brush. In abstraction, marks and lines as visual elements can be created for their own sakes or for expressing a huge range of emotions and ideas. As artists using marks and lines, we need to remember that not that every line or mark works or should be retained. As with any visual element marks and lines need to work within the context of the piece. It often takes trial and error, and thoughtful editing to discover the right placement or type of mark. Yet we also need to resist the inner critic who may caution us that lines and marks are too revealing or too quirky. On the other hand, a good way to shake up a painting that is too tight is to apply a spontaneous mark that you then need to react to. Although there is much to explore with mark-making it is a visual element with which many artists never become fluent. Making marks and lines for their own sakes does not always come easily. Certainly, many wonderful abstract works of art do not include this element, but it is worth asking yourself if it’s one you avoid because it is too challenging, and to consider what a focus on mark-making might bring to your abstract work. We are approaching the end of the year, which means whoever prepares your taxes is about to tell you to spend money on tax deductable items for your art business... When you buy art supplies at Blick remember to use our affiliate link to support the podcast! www.messystudiopodcast.com/blick ​ Thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show and those who have donated anonymously via PayPal. If you would like your own shoutout on the podcast donate here (https://www.paypal.com/donate?token=Yyrf7Ht1DYfkYzAaWNoW8zuvCpTryLYsxY2VAj4qGZ3o2o4F7xHGv4VmDDef7kFxuvbgpz_z4jUa-z7F). ​ Cold Wax Academy (formerly Squeegee Press) would like everyone who enjoys using their special cold wax tools to know that all sizes of SP Create squeegees are back in stock! Rebecca and her partner Jerry McLaughlin are also launching their online live learning sessions as part of the new membership program, and all sessions will be recorded for future viewing by members. For more information, and to become a member of Cold Wax Academy please visit their website at http://www.coldwaxacademy.com and click on the Membership button. ​ Have an art related product, service, or event you would like to advertise on the Messy Studio Podcast? Email Ross at rticknor.core@gmail.com (mailto:rticknor.core@gmail.com) for current mid-roll advertising rates. ​ For more from The Messy Studio: www.messystudiopodcast.com www.facebook.com/messystudiopodcast ​ For more from Rebecca Crowell: www.rebeccacrowell.com www.coldwaxacademy.com ​ The Messy Studio Podcast is a CORE Publication MGMT production.
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