16 May 2006

Art rules (OK?)

1 Make things that you want to see, not what you think other people want to see. Don't follow fashions.

2 Avoid gimmicks and formulas.

3 Read widely, including things you disagree with. Try to understand why the writer thinks the way they do.

4 Do not limit your interests to art. Remember that every facet of human knowledge and endeavour was someone's passion and that good ideas can be found in the unlikeliest places.

5 Be critical, especially of yourself. Do not be unnecessarily swayed by other people's opinions, but be prepared to change your mind if you have good reasons for doing so.

6 Be aware of what's going on around you, but beware comparing yourself with other artists.

7 Never do business with someone you don't respect.

8 Try to notice every detail.

9 Try to draw every day. It doesn't matter what.


paintergirl said...

#5 is easy, but too hard to turn off. Musn't be too critical or else one won't go out of the house. if you know what I mean.

#6 is good, but I have so much anger, that I usually get pissed off because people are getting away with doing crap.

#9 is a very important one for me to get into my head.

Your others are great david-maybe a manifesto in the works.

joseluis said...

good rules david. i will put another one, an idea of francis bacon: "believe in chance"

David said...

Ha, ha, very good - the most important one.

Adele Jackson said...

Hi David - I'd add the Bruce Mau one to this too - remember? "... exploit the liberty of casting your work as beautiful experiments, itterations, attempts, trials and errors . Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day" One in 4 of my paintings is crap on a regular basis - I'm getting hardened to it ! Cheers I really like your Art rules - gonna print them off for my 'off' days !

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