This is not a Resolution.

Happy New Year!

This is not a Resolution but I do want to attempt to devote at least a little time to art making each day in 2017 and beyond. I know, realistically,  I may not do this every day but I'd like to try. I've moved 2000 miles and I am finally feeling more settled. There are no more excuses. Here are my first few collages for 2017, all done on 1/1/2017:





In Art & Fear, David Bayles and Ted Orland tell this story about an art teacher's grading criteria for his class. I have no idea if it is a true story or if it is just a clever didactic tale but is does teach a good lesson: practice makes perfect.  
The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.
His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pounds of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”.
Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.


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