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“Computers are useless – all they can give you are answers.” – Pablo Picasso
Picasso never used an iPad now did he?
Thinking about the human voice, one of the things I hope you all have taken from the voice within this book is that there are questions we share as artists, there are challenges we share as artists, there are opportunities we share as artists – take comfort in knowing you are not the only one, then move beyond it and figure out how to create your art.
Discovering how to create your own art isn’t easy. As an art teacher I would like to say that I can tell you where to find your path, I can’t. What I can do is give you experiences. How you choose to utilize the information discovered through those experiences is all on you. Whether you are getting assignments from Mr. Korb or me, know that the instructions are only the beginning of the journey – think about a time when you sat in class and were amazed at how different each student’s response was to the same impetus – this is you figuring out how to create your art. I am always excited when I watch a student taking the A, B, and C given to them and instead of coming back with the obvious D and E they give me X and Y… On the same note though I explain to students on a daily basis why I can not give them an idea because we come from different places and what I would be passionate about is not going to relate to them. As has been said throughout this book you can only create your work, so create it.
On page 116: Subjects that draw us in will continue to draw us in. Patterns we respond to we will continue to respond to. We are compelled by forces that, like the ocean current, are so subtle and pervasive we take them utterly for granted… We tell the stories we have to tell, stories of the things that draw us in… The only work really worth doing – the only work you can do convincingly – is the work that focuses on the things you care about.
Beth Schlieger – Artist