How, What, Why and Where
I was born an artist. I knew it by age 3 and so did everyone else. I was fortunate to have parents who fed my habit and supplied me with materials with which to create my own designs. Since I was old enough to write I have been fascinated with creativity itself and the ways people use it. It seems mysterious to me, even though I consider creativity my best friend.
above image - 24x48 - Cascina 1200.00
right image - 18x24 - Path to the Beach 600.00
third image - 18x24 - In My Atmosphere 600.00
bottom image - 30x40 - The High Road 1400.00
My images are all about the mix of color, pattern and high texture - layering thick paint and paper, adding more, scraping off some, then adding more yet again. My goal is depth, almost a sculptural quality in certain areas, combined with fascinating pattern and bold color. I often use exotic collage papers from around the world for the primal ethnicity they lend to the composition. My travel influences each abstracted image as well as the semi-abstract land and seascapes. Without travel I would be a different person, confined to only pictures of places and things, having never truly felt them - the aromas, the sounds of people talking, the music and the air of land and sea. In order to truly know a place and capture its essence, one must be embedded in the air around what is being painted.
When I was a young student at CU in Boulder, Colorado I learned from that fine art department's best of the best in the crazy 1960's decade of art gone wild. Fortunately for me, my professors were avante guard and on the cutting edge of new techniques such as collage. These days I apply those same theories using many new products and papers since developed expressly for the art of collage and mixed media, which makes everything easier with limitless possibilities for experimentation.
Abstract expressionism is the genre; but with many twists and turns. It is not your grandfather's art these days - the more improvisational and random an artist can be within the free expression of his composition, the better he gets.
If an artist desires to always know where his painting is leading him and visualizes exactly what the final piece must look like, the techniques I use are most certainly not for him. Serendipity, risk taking, adventure and the desire to always keep an open mind for an unknown, newly discovered type of expression are the non-confining "rules" to follow, but basically there are no rules at all. If I can paint something that shows me something I have never tried before, that is a good day in the studio.
Art is supposed to deliver a message of some kind, a personal statement or commentary on the thoughts of the artist. With abstract art, much of the meaning lies in the eyes of the viewer, but most people still like to have some indication what the artist was thinking as he painted an image.
For me, the message or thought process usually indicates a simple gratefulness for my life, my creative gift and all the memorable people and places I have known and loved. My paintings are my offerings of thanks.
Brown-Scott's new book about creativity, titled
YOUR MIRACULOUS, TIMELESS CREATIVITY
The Care and Feeding of Your Creative Gifts
is available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle
FIND YOURSELF IN THE PAGES!
What is it that drives your creativity forward, year to year, decade to decade? Where does the energy originate? What fuels it? What is mojo? Does it dwindle over time or gain strength? Does age matter? How can you possibly sustain creativity at its best level of performance over an entire lifetime? What do you do if it begins to fade and falter?
The mystery of creativity’s timeless energy is explored and explained here.
Creativity is a hunger for expression. You might feel it as a yearning, a passion, a desire or a dull ache to get something done. You want to say something, invent something, sing, dance or perform, paint or write or cook. You might want to teach, volunteer your expertise or compete for a gold medal or trophy.
Creativity is a wonder. As an artist of any persuasion your life mission is to inform others of the wonders of the world, however simple or magnificent they might be. You relish that assignment because you like to wake people up to life. You are a see-er, an observer; you thrive on the interpretive reporting of whatever you notice, nuanced or enormous. You are the vehicle for that job. You create, you perform, you compete, you express. You bring attention to what you do. You and the unique way that you live your life and what you do creatively ARE one of the wonders of the world.
Perhaps you excel at a skill and you must find a way to keep one-upping your own performances. You might want to tackle a project or pursue a talent for the sake of the recognition it brings or just for yourself and the intrinsic joy of accomplishment, answering to no one. Is it hot fame or building a lifetime legacy of quality and character that fuels your fire? What is your thing?
Your creativity is shaped and defined by your unique DNA plus everything you do, what you see, what you read, what music you like, where you go, who you know, what you taste, what you swallow, what you wear, where you decide to live and everything you smell, feel, think, dream and touch and your very attitude about life. All of the above become the map of exactly who you are. The ways in which you are creatively gifted write the documentary of our life.
The biggest creative accomplishment you can make is to live your life enthusiastically and well, creating a story of choices and accomplishments that build your character and express your gratitude for the time you were given to be alive.
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Jo Ann Brown-Scott
Artist and Author
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