Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beyond this there be Dragons

Train tracks cut a straight path through the marsh. Amid the marsh on Marble Street, the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.

Just above, Pleasant Street climbs to St. Bridget’s high on the hill.

Beyond the towering church treetop sentinels stand against the spring sky.

 Beyond this there be Dragons.  


This dire warning found on Medieval maps indicated areas of unexplored territory.


Most artists know that sailing into uncharted waters is dangerous.

We also know it’s the best way to make new discoveries.

In art there are many opportunities to dance with the dragons.

And as long as you make it home alive, the inevitable burns and bruises are worth it.

But in art and in life, balance is the key.
Sometimes, it makes good sense to stay on the map.

In fact, imposed limitations facilitate creative freedom.


It seems to be a paradox.

The less we have to work with the more creative we become.

Establishing set boundaries opens the door for innovation and invention.

As an artist I learned early on that less is often more.

That is, working with limited tools can facilitate the direct, spontaneous, and sincere form of expression I strive for in my work.

Paul Cezanne said; “If I think, everything is lost.”

If we’re given an unlimited number of choices, it’s all too easy to become tentative and stiff while pondering the limitless options and possibilities.

While we consider the 24 colors on our palette, the child grabs a blunt crayon to create a dozen exceptional drawings.
There’s a substantial bonus to working with and having less.

It invites two important allies to your creative campaign; Appreciation and Gratitude.

An artist must ultimately accept and embrace the four edges of the canvas.

The writer knows that every sentence, paragraph, blog, and book must end.

But within these apparent limits lie unlimited creative potential.

"West Rutland Skyline" 11X14 Watermedia by Vermont Artist Peter Huntoon
Beyond this there be Dragons.

Peter Huntoon is a full time award winning Vermont Artist.

Since 2013 Peter has been sharing the beauty of Vermont one painting at a time with a twice weekly email love letter.

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1 comment :

Anonymous said...

"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."

—Gustave Flaubert