Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Often It's the Composition that Makes my Pages Ugly


One of my weakness is composition. I was never taught composition in my art studies, and hence I still have a lot to learn.

Some of my art journal pages that don't work are because the composition is wrong. On this spread all the bits are too small for my large art journal. They just kind of float around, not really related to each other or the page.

Sometimes our journals are a place to get stuff wrong so we can learn.

8 comments:

ABCcreativity said...

"sometimes our journals are a place to get stuff wrong so we can learn." i love that.

i always ask my students to focus on the process and not the product. who cares if the composition is technically "off" if creating the page expressed something inside of you that needed expressing?

~Barb~ said...

I have pages/spreads that don't work out right all the time. My journal is where I play, experiment, and just try out things that I want to see if they work. Ugly pages are a sign that we are experimenting instead of playing it safe. The more ugly pages, the more we're learning. You go girl...make them ugly pages!
Peace & Love,
~Barb~

Poetic Artist said...

We always are learning..The is the joy of art.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Be gentle little lady...the pages reveal that you are a work in progress and remember the process is the most important quality of making your marks inside the sacred pages of your journal. Your images express a contemplative youngster working her ideas out on the gentle passage of working on paper. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

donna malone said...

i dont know if you can really learn composition through art courses, can you? isnt it really an individual thing with no rights or wrongs, just individual instinct? i think this page looks pretty sweet...
love donna

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Children are God's way of giving us hope for a better world for everyone. Imagine and live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Zom said...

Barb, 'the more ugly pages, the more we are learning' - I am going to quote you to my students!

Thanks for the comments you guys.

Donna, I am more in the 'learn the rules before I break 'em' camp. Some people are terribly talented in composition and they probably can go with individual instinct. Unfortunately I am not one of them.

alteredpink said...

Zom thank-you for posting on my blog. I love your theme of "ugly journal pages". I often sit down at my desk and think I will make a journal page to post to my blog, then after finishing it - scrap the idea of posting it because of its "ugliness". I will be brave and post one to my blog with no cropping or altering:)