Materials, from Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland

“The materials of art, like the thumbnail sketch, seduce us with their potential. The texture of the paper, the smell of the paint, the weight of the stone – all cast hints and innuendoes, beckoning our fantasies…But where materials have potential, they also have limits. Ink wants to flow, but not across just any surface; clay wants to hold shape, but not just any shape. And in any case, without your active participation their potential remains just that – potential…What counts, in making art, is the actual fit between the contents of your head and the qualities of your materials.”

Promo note: visit Jessica Lanan, friend and fellow SCBWI mentee, who is also tackling the Petite Painting Project!


P3 8/29/2012

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