Sometimes I get a creative block where I can’t seem to figure out what I want to draw or paint and I’ve found that if I begin with an abstract using random colors that it can turn into a background and suddenly the painting kind of just starts to form itself. I think these seem to turn out much better than the ones that I tried to plan out.
Intentionally painting an image by unintentionally painting an image until what is unintentional resembles something that otherwise would be the intentional subject of a painting but for the fact that it arrived unintended and became intended while moving within the possibilities that the medium allowed but had never intended...
Whether or not the above idea [my post] satisfies the aspect of 'unintentional', it does shed some light on the dilemma that eventually bewilders many creative artists: What to paint?
An associate of mine, an older painter, more than once in our morning chats, zeroed-in-on that moody situation that sometimes shakes our working posture - and it is most understandable. Most would treat an exercise of unintentional mark making or idea-free doodling as a way to alleviate a stubborn mental/creative block. And there are other, as myself, that find it the measure our personal procedure of finding: what to paint!
So even that I have the intention to engage in the creative image-making cultural affairs, and present the images to the public, my own procedure depends on my attitude and perseverance to 'loss sight of intentionality' long enough to find something unintentional to cultivate... Hopefully that fits the 'intent' of the thread....
You can't create chaos, it has to just happen, otherwise it's not chaos.
On the other hand, maybe chaos doesn't really exist. It's probably only the limited computing ability of our brains, trying to understand all of the rules of the universe AND calculating outcomes based on those rules. We call it chaos in order to pamper our egos, rather than admit that we don't understand hardly anything at all.
Some days, I'm good, but on others, I don't even understand why the sausages on the grill got scorched.
It would help to just throw up my hands and say, "damn chaos".
Many things in life have been created or discovered unintentionally. For example, it is theorized that when a bee hive fell into a large puddle of water (with some naturally occurring yeast) it created humankinds first alcoholic beverage: mead.
I do agree with Doug that 'You can't create chaos, it has to just happen...'. And 'chaos' itself is supposition on our part but we sometimes need to establish 'containers' to hold our thoughts - part of our limitations I find. Revisiting these ideas and inquiries, in itself, establishes fosters further necessity for ordering and such...
And I have to smile at Mario's earlier post because: it doesn't challenge any body's sensibility, yet affirms something unintentional in acquiring a sensibility for the unintended, no matter how often intentionality seemingly to be conclusively sought.
Of all the waltzes the great Strauss wrote,
Mad with melody, rhythm--rife
From the very first to the final note,
Give me his "Artist's Life"!
It stirs my blood to my finger ends,
Thrills me and fills me with vague unrest,
And all that is sweetest and saddest blends
Together within my breast.
It brings back that night in the dim arcade,
In love's sweet morning and life's best prime,
When the great brass orchestra played and played,
And set our thoughts to rhyme.
It brings back that Winter of mad delights,
Of leaping pulses and tripping feet,
And those languid moon-washed Summer nights
When we heard the band in the street.
It brings back rapture and glee and glow,
It brings back passion and pain and strife,
And so of all the waltzes I know,
Give me the "Artist's Life."
For it is so full of the dear old time--
So full of the dear friends I knew.
And under its rhythm, and lilt, and rhyme,
I am always finding--you.
Poetical works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1917.
Humans internally see themselves as going from one failure to the next. All too human.
But this is like saying, "Michael Jordan was only okay because he knew what he was doing. I just saw a pick up game at the junior high. I encouraged the young wo/men on how to dribble the ball."
Yes helping out a young man or woman on dribbling might be cooler than watching a good college game. Does not take anything away from MJ though. That is my objection that the generalization makes it all mistakes and incompetence.
The challenge to overcome is a great reward. The journey. Not getting there is just painful if getting obsessed in mistakes. IF mind you.
Our consciuosly part make intentional things, therefore need a lot of consciously things to work, knowlage, practice, skill, subject.. from the other hand our unconsciously part make unintentional things, and still from consciously part but with a lot of skill, and sometimes better, and with more unexpleneble magnetic estetics, also (probably) his duty is inspiration.
I save all my mistakes, some of them are very strange, untill Abbie decide will she aprove visual examples, I will put one example, I just wanted to make several black colored piramides and cubes at the bottom of the sea, at one moment I did wrong calculation and program went mad, this picture came up, cant see piramides and cubes, just some undefined shapes, how the program gave colors to three parts of picture - I dont know, that all should be a blue sea...
It is so bad resolution that probably wont ever sale, but I like the picture..
This is the same construction from a diferent angle, I got no any idea what happend:
David I have no idea where you are going with...."Terrance,
Humans internally see themselves as going from one failure to the next. All too human. ...." I imagine I am 'internally' screwed-up because I find it harmful to look at life as failure, after failure.... And your basketball thing is wasted on me - not my shtick. My reference to Mario's comment is merely acknowledging that the subject of 'Un-' intentionality becomes difficult to articulate when in proximity to the obvious and literal 'intentionality' of creative image-making [art].
Thank you again Mario; and VIVA thank you for more Positive vibes!
I have a good friend, since our Cooper Union Days back in the 1960's, that still creates fabulous art, using the "Flow" method.
She works on a 3 foot by 4 foot hinged platform...free to move on the 3 axes, pitch, yaw and roll.
After dropping blobs of liquid paint on a canvas stretched on the platform, with her truly artistic eye, she maneuvers the paint, moving the platform, up and down, back and forth and side to side, until she achieves a satisfactory painting.
I hit the shutter unintentionally when I was moving the camera to check the settings. Does that mean it's therefore less "art" than anything intentional? I think not. I'm not claiming it's a masterpiece by any means, I'm just saying just because it was unintentional and I'm a "realistic" photographer, I'm not going to reject an image I like even if I never intended to make it:
Your posted abstract has certainly got my attention.
To me, the dynamic composition holds together...The minimal shapes in the upper right certainly commands that portion of the image, compared to the multiple shapes throughout the rest of the abstract....And accentuates that feeling, as you say "Action".
But what to me makes the piece truly Action Art, is the contrast (battle) between the severely acute, sharp angles, and the soft long curves.
Now, David, I'm wondering how you would feel, if I was able to afford a print, I would provide a mat, sized to just about touch the perimeter shapes on all the 4 sides of the abstract.
I think that would make the image much more dynamic
How random or unintentional can one actually be? Seems like if one is unintentional intentionally it undermines the concept. If you have the old “Happy Accident”, you either intentionally keep it or get rid of it. Does it mater if it is preplanned a week in advance or seconds in advance?
In photography often what is intentional has an element of unintentional. Sometimes the unintentional ends up being far better than the expectation of intentional. For example, we hit a wet stormy week when visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the beginning of the week this was a huge disappointment. It later turned out to make for some great photography. Some of my favorite work came from that trip.
I just did my first set of linocut prints, no two are exactly alike and most are not quite what I intended. I don't know how much of that is my inexperience with the medium, the materials I used or simply a feature of the process. Regardless, I was not in 100% control, so I guess you could say there was an element of chaos.
As Chuck remarks, photography often is at its best when it catches something unintentional. I might shoot a hundred pictures of something, but only one works and it usually has something in it that I didn't even notice in the viewfinder. That's why the very careful and methodical photography some people do has never worked for me. I have two tripods I've never used. Since the beginning of lockdown, I've been "dead in the water" because nothing I have shot has any motion, life or unexpected things going on. Yeah, it's a nice sky or a nice hill or whatever but....who the heck cares. My favorites are like this one. I had no idea that the taxi would be between two girders on the Brooklyn Bridge. I was shooting at something else, leaning out over traffic pressing the button and missed it, but this one was my favorite, especially with its image blur.
As far as the history of the Rats, Bats, Vultures, etc Enterprise goes, let me begin
At the beginning, as a personal challenge, I intentionally scavenged the beach, to come back with a "treasure", without any idea what it might be.
By chance, a mussel shell was next to a crab claw, I unintentionally saw a "vulture"...I then intentionally sought out snow fence wire (for legs) a piece a cork (for a base) and a glob of beach tar to stick it all together...And VOILA!! a Treasure, a Vulture Sculpture.
15 years later, I decided to intentionally create vulture sculptures in earnest...So I intentionally scavenged the beach for the stuff to do it.
The rats came about when I was intentionally scavenging coconut fiber to make "Pelican" mobiles, when I thought I saw a bunch of rats staring at me. Only to find that they were misshapen, small, pointed nosed coconuts....And to my surprise, right there were the "Ears" and "Tails" a part of the palm fronds....an unintentional RAT KIT.
This happened in the Virgin Islands, and for the rest of that winter, I was known as that guy that sold rats to the tourists as they come off the boat
Since then I've intentionally gone down to the Keys, to seek out those particular distressed trees with pointed nosed coconuts.
I dare say that I know of every "Rat Bearing" tree in the Keys
I could go on about the "Bats" and the "etc. ( horseshoe crab masks, cockroaches, spider crab carapace cameos) "
I learned something about unintentional art long time ago, two friends of mine were preparing an exibition, so they wanted to make something with some broken glas, so they decided to wash parts of glass first with watter, soap and paper, used paper they throw near by.
When they finished one profesor of art said: Look now girls, what you did with glass is very interesting, but take a look at a large amount of paper you produced, looking maybe more interesting then the glass construction.
The third (and final) unitentional art from my galery is this, should be just a simple inside of the box, but I messed up some parameters and now I have very nice floor trying to escape the box.
I could name it Outside of the box, but that was too comercial for me :)
it depends what i'm making. if its digital art, most of its planned some of it isn't. it depends what kind of digital art it is. what kind of clipart i have.
sometimes i do something accidentally and it becomes a new method.
for illusion art, i often have no idea what i want it to be or how it should look.
like i knew what i wanted, but couldn't decide on the final pattern till i messed with it.
this one i messed around with it till i got something i liked.
and this one i wanted to experiment with circles and perspective and kept playing with it till i found a balance i liked.
Roger, given more thought, I'm a victim of serendipity, too...a lot nowadays for me becomes a subject for creativity during this pandemic...itself a cause
for desperation for stimulating visuals to capture, intentionally, and then, find art in an unintentional 'find'.......all due to this Isolation (I call it)........
SO......here's my 'hanger' ! ....found in the garbage, intentionally disposed of, lol. Now , ?, intentional Art !.....go figure!
Of all my many, many entries to the "Edit This" challenges, the following was the only one, that was not started with an initial intention.
The challenge photograph for all the others, were stared at, until I got an idea on how to proceed....I then went ahead by adding, distorting and substracting as best as my limited digital expertise would allow, to intentionally create that original concept.
In this case, I digitally erased a slice of the upper portion of a PNG file of the original photo, for another idea I had.
I immediately saw the side of mountain...So, I continue to erase angular portions along of the top of the file, to easily create a range of "Mountain Peaks". An image I had no idea of, moments earlier
I readily found an appropriate "Sky" to place as a layer below
It was All Done.....Except a portion above the existing greenery on the lower left, that didn't quite fit
So, I casually dabbed with a "textured" digital brush, that same green, slightly covering that offending portion, and "naturally" extending that little bit of greenery
By the way it got more votes than my other 2 submissions, that took me days to create, combined
If I wasn't in so much of a rush to submit my unintentional treasure, I might have noticed that the 2 tiny black lines on the right mountain were not spots on my computer screen, but on the digital file itself....And would have been covered up
Recently I took photos of random stuff laying around the house, only trying to capture color and value...but nothing was intentionally arranged. Then I flipped the photos and added a crystallize filter, which made me see things. Then I did an oil pastel that gave a bit more flesh to what was hinted at. The final product was totally something that I didn't try to do with the initial photo...it kind of just happened that I saw things in the photo after I added the crystallize filter. I tried to do the oil pastel in sort of an action painting method to keep it more spontaneous looking.
It's hard to be unintentional with photographs and photo art but I looked through my portfolio to see if anything fits the bill, the closest I came is this:
The image started as a photo of a rusty metal panel on a train car. I messed around with it in my photo editor then applied a painterly filter to it and messed with that. I had no intention of creating a firey image at the outset but that's what I ended up with.
Hi Roger::: Another quote..........think you'll like this one, too.
E.E.Cummings: On being a capital-A Artist::::::
" Look into yourself, reader, for you must find Art there, if at all… Art is not something which may or may not be acquired, it is something
which you are not or which you are. If a thorough search of yourself fails to reveal the presence of this something, you may be perfectly sure that no amount of striving, academic or
otherwise, can bring it into your life. But if you are this something — then, gentle reader, no amount of discrimination and misapprehension can possibly prevent you from becoming an
Artist. To be sure, you will not encounter “success,” but you will experience what is a thousand times sweeter than “success"
You will know that when all’s said and done and the very biggest Butter Baron has bought the very last and latest Velasquez)
“to become an Artist” means nothing:
whereas to become ALIVE, or one’s self, means everything.""
I learn that everything that happens, from sneezing and blending coffee, is predestined. It doesn't matter if I paint intentionally or there are random mistakes or it's all over my head, because we're just rewriting some matrix that is already.