Well kind of. Bear with me. There are three approaches to making art, the first is where you have a clear sense of what you are painting, the second where you have no clue and the third where you have an idea but its still a very intuitive process.
When painting something specific, like today’s word (lese majesty aka treason) jumping straight in and applying paint to the canvas in the hope of a masterpiece emerging, would only have resulted in a pile of paint on the canvas. Eeek!
I noticed that I spent more time thinking about how to paint “lese majesty” (30-45 mins) than I did actually painting it (5-10mins). When I finally applied paint to the canvas, I focused on building layers of paint to create the colour of royalty (purple). I wasn’t quite sure how I would represent treason when I started but simply focused on creating the purple. Then, I intuitively decided to cut into the purple to represent the treason committed against the crown, to show that the Crown will live on – damaged but not destroyed.
If I hadn’t spent more time framing the problem, I would have ended up with a pile of mess (or an ugly literal painting – like some of the ones you will have seen from my attempts earlier this week). Thinking first, having a clear direction, allows creativity and intuition to follow – it works best with a structure and constraints to work within.
So Albert Einstein said this:
So Einstein was clearly a great artist, framing the problem first and allowing his intuition and creativity to finish it off.
Look out for Lese Majesty soon!