• Find Support to Beat Procrastination Grace Mendez
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    Procrastination Disguised as Something Else

    Procrastination Disguised as Something Else So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” ~ Lee Iacocca What keeps you out of the studio? Your studio may be as simple as a sketchbook and a pen or as elaborate as a dedicated space with easels and a plethora of art supplies. Procrastination occurs no matter what kind of set-up you may have. You want to be creative but find a reason, an excuse to not start your project. Working on…

  • Grace Mendez How to Use Your Symbols
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    How to Use Your Symbols

    How to Use Your Symbols Pictures, abstract symbols, materials and colors and among the ingredients with which a designer or engineer works. To design is to discover relationships and to make arrangements among theses ingredients.”  ~ Paul Rand You found your symbols, you have them organized and now it’s time to figure out how to use your symbols. The reason to use symbols is to bring an additional layer of meaning to the work. This meaning can be just for you or you can use the symbols to convey your message to the viewer. Your symbols can be hidden or out in plain sight depending on the message you want to…

  • Grace Mendez How to Use Your Symbols
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    How to Store Your Symbols

    How to Store Your Symbols Pictures have a lot more power than text. Text is just a bunch of little symbols, You actually have to read it and imagine it and even that can be censored. With pictures it’s a lot more immediate.”  ~ Robert Crumb Now that you know what your symbols are you will want a way to store your symbols and keep them organized. One easy way to do this is to keep a dedicated notebook, journal or sketchbook to collect them. Sort them in a way that makes sense to you. You can have can several on one page or just a few. You can include…

  • Grace Mendez How to Use Your Symbols
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    How to Discover Your Symbols

    How to Discover Your Symbols One of the things you do as a writer and as a filmmaker is grasp for resonant symbols and imagery.”  ~ Christopher Nolan It’s possible that you are using symbols without even noticing. One way to discover your symbols is to survey your current and past work. What common threads do they share? What colors, motifs or shapes reappear? Are there particular marks that you like to include in your work? Another source of symbols is to look at artwork that you are attracted to. What is it about the image that you like? Can you find any symbols? Are they metaphoric? Are they figurative?…

  • Grace Mendez How to Use Your Symbols
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    The Use of Symbols in Your Art

    “All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital.”     ~ Oscar Wilde Symbols convey meaning beyond what you see on the surface. They both decorate and represent a concept that the artist has in mind. Whether or not you intentionally use symbols in your work, you are still making a representation of something. Even the most realistic painting is still…

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