“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”Osho.
I would say that, of the great artists, I am most inspired by Degas. I have always loved two aspects of his work, in particular; movement and people. It’s occurred to me that I have not necessarily allowed my love for the work of Degas to influence my own artistry. I have no idea why but perhaps it is that I only see myself as dabbling with art and so have not thought that seriously on this aspect?
I’ve spoken with arty friends, many times, about my fascination with portraiture and with movement and how movement is depicted in art. Having not studied beyond my GCSE in Art and Design at age sixteen, I have not really had any formal opportunity to explore this further, whereas trained artists may well have been able to indulge in exploring the great artists and to consider how they are influenced, or not, by them. So, given that I’m playing this ‘by ear’, so to speak, I’m just going to start at this in my own way.
I want to discover more about Degas and his love of painting people in a variety of situations and I want to understand what he was doing, in terms of bringing movement, depicting movement and in terms of making his art so dynamic as a result. I have a couple of very good books on Degas and his work and I am looking forward to using them not merely as reference books but as a means by which to gain a richer insight into degas and his methodology, his inspiration and his artistry.
I intend to then see whether I can create some artworks that are a little more in his style; to see what effect that would have upon my artwork. Earlier this week, I made a simple sketch which was more akin to the style of Degas and, though it is rough, it does seem to convery something of greater depth and there is a suggestion of movement. I will make more posts on this subject as I progress with my exploration. I hope you will enjoy coming with me on this journey of exploration and discovery.
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