Michael Divine

Seeing the Possibilities

Being a good artist or good designer isn’t just knowing how to use the tools you have, although it does help. The greatest artist can work with the most minimal of tools and come up with something of greatness that surpasses those who are still arguing about which paint brush or protractor is superior. 

To be a great artist is to be able to understand the relationships and inferences of the lines to circles, squares to triangles, and so on. It is to understand the flow of information and assimilate it into a composition that captures not only it’s essence but it’s possibilities.

No work of art truly ever fully expresses the artist’s vision. The human mind contains colors and palettes, shapes and distortions that the human hand only draws close approximations of. So a work of art must suggest, drawing one’s imagination onwards as far into the concept as possible, leaving no stone unturned, allowing for all possible and relevant tangents. A great work of art embraces it’s possibilities in that it not only expresses what it is, but also expresses as close as possible what it could be. 

This is not to say that it should leave the viewer wanting, wondering why the piece is unfinished or poorly executed. The true artist executes the vision to the fullest of it’s potential. Only when every angle as been exhausted, every ounce of creativity drawn forth and exploited to it fullest, every door opened and every window thrown wide, can the artist say their work is completed. 

So one of the tasks of the artist is to see the relationships between the objects and symbols he/she chooses to represent in their vision. Then the artist must find, in those spaces of relationship, the elements aren’t visible – the space itself. Even that space must be accounted for. It is an exacting procedure but not without it’s rewards. In this way, all of the possible tangents are explored, the possible options and outcomes accounted for and the definitive vision can be achieved. 

Life: so many choices, so many decisions, so many relationships between things, people, objects, elements. So many possible futures and outcomes with every choice we make or fail to make. The true artist lives their lives in such a way that the possibilities are explored, the tangents accounted for, and the true Path led, lived and loved to it’s fullest extent. In this way, their artistic vision finds firm footing in the concrete world and the space of the canvas becomes not just a window to another world but a vision of this one/

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