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    Unplanned results

    Just curious. Has anybody started to draw something with only a basic idea, then let their mind take over and end up with something they had no intention of drawing?

    I ask this because I sat at my 'art nook' this afternoon with the intent of drawing my little artist's mannequin and ended up with a person sitting on a sofa in a dark room with all sorts of things happening in the dark behind him. I didn't plan it but the person was obviously me. We've been going through some bad days lately, but I hadn't planned to draw anything like this.

    The last time I kept an open mind,
    my brain fell out and the dog grabbed it.
    Now it's full of dirt, toothmarks, and dog slobber.
    No more open minds or dogs for me.www.gms9810.com/

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    Absolutely!

    This has happened so many times for me that I can't count...............all I can say is, enjoy the journey, because every time I've posted the resulting pictures I have received huge praise....................proving that (for me at least) we should trust in that most feminine part of us, intuition!
    Da go Te'
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    that happens to me all the time....,seen something that i want to try......but ends up completely different!!and like Peter said....when it happens? let it happen

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    This one began as a small scribble. Small oil on canvas about 4 years ago. Life had dealt some hard knocks around then, but I still love it.


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    Oh boy I think that's really good Robyn.

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    Thanks Brett! I'm quite fond of it too. It did just start out as a squiggle with no plan in mind.

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    @ Robyn:Awesome! Love it. I'm glad George asked this question and prompted you to post this.

    @ George: Mr Pinckney is a great example of someone who has mastered the technique of using inspiration. Been watching him do it for years and evolution and all that do come when you take it to finished pieces.

    Well, as to your question, it's certainly not uncommon to have that happen and it's the dominion of those who don't have clients asking for something specific at the moment. One of the things that's hardest when doing commissioned work is that when those ideas come, as they will often times when you're headed in a specific direction, is to grab it and wrestle your momentum back to what it is you're supposed to be doing.

    The creative artist inside can perhaps make some notes and go back to it later, hoping that the fire is still burning when you do, or you might get away with letting it influence what you're doing if appropriate. Commercial art is largely a discipline (can also be fun and challenging and a growing thing though). But it's a fine line between aiming your creative shots and losing the ability to be spontaneous with fluidity.

    Writing is a great example of where the story will run off with a will of its own and, again whether it's a good or bad thing is determined by whether you're writing for a specific reason (example a script for an existing set of characters in a particular universe) or if you're making something up and have the where-with-all to follow it out to the end, good, bad or indifferent. Big names in the arts have each their own way of managing it, and they're successful in both cases. So whatever works for you.

    It's a constant tug-o-war because the inclination is to run with whatever is welling up from inside because there's definitely great energy potential and the possibility to do something very fresh. And those who can do that are very fortunate and will often create scenarios wherein that creative flow is stimulated. For fine artists, A.D.D. and schizophrenia and all can be your friend for the artist's a-Muse-ment. Or it can conversely be something that will make it really hard to get a handle on a complex thing that requires continuity in direction.

    But while you got it happening and you have no pressure to do something different, heck yeah! Run with it. It's super fun to discover there's a whole other creative voice inside who's clamoring to get in the mix and play.

    One caveat, if you are running with the flashes of inspiration, make sure you most often keep drawing or painting it out to a complete resolution, lest you just get distracted out of taking anything to a high level because it will split your comfort zones among (to use a chess anology) beginning, middle and end game. You want to be practiced and strong each step of the game.
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    Many of my best pieces just started out as doodles. Especially in my metallic paint phase. (should be in my gallery link on the profile).

    Also a good one is to find a word generator and generate one word and let your imagination run with it. Or I used a program called apophysis for a while, (I don't know where I picked it up at) but it would generate random swirly colored pattern goodness and it was like when you lay down in the grass and watch the clouds and see images in them.

    Have been writing as of late so there's not been any new updates in quite a while. Life seems to sideswipe me everytime I get a foothold on my creativity. Writing has been a good outlet in the interim though!


    Good luck.

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    I'm all for spontaneous ideas, I just didn't expect the result to be so dark. I was (and am) going through a period of depression, deeper than usual. I guess i manifested itself that way.

    The last time I kept an open mind,
    my brain fell out and the dog grabbed it.
    Now it's full of dirt, toothmarks, and dog slobber.
    No more open minds or dogs for me.www.gms9810.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gms9810 View Post
    I'm all for spontaneous ideas, I just didn't expect the result to be so dark. I was (and am) going through a period of depression, deeper than usual. I guess i manifested itself that way.
    Then in your case, Carl Jung would applaud and probably talk about art therapy (which seems to be spontaneously happening for you) for surfacing stuff that is looking for an outlet or resolution. One of the more interesting angles on what Art and the creative process can do. It's often indirect, though not always, but can often be looked at for the symbolism generated, and if you can crack the coded language of the symbols being generated, you will at least gain insight, often times very deep.

    Not saying this is what's going on with you, but a for what it's worth. Doesn't always mean there's only negative stuff. Could be positive as well. Sometimes Art can act like a lucid dream with all the stuff that goes with it.

    Fascinating stuff.

    Anyway, based on what you said, I'll go in that direction and say that I hope things take an upswing for you.
    "Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream

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