Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Art of Choosing

Sky is the Limit digital photography

I go through my collection of photographs and ideas compulsively many times before I decide on my next painting subject or what to post on my blog. Of course, every now and then I do know what, which, and how almost instinctively. I am also acutely aware that when I am drawing and painting, the ability to choose well -- the right stroke of the pencil or the brush, the correct value and color, and when to say enough is critical. Sometimes the desire to choose well is so strong that it interferes with the act of creating even as I keep telling myself its only paper and paint! This past week while at the library picking up "The Art of Choosing" by Sheena Iyengar was an easy decision to make. I am hoping by the time I finish reading it I will have insights into becoming a better and disciplined 'chooser' in both mundane and momentous tasks - and not just in my art :)

17 comments:

Carolum Art said...

Very god foto, and yes Sky is the limit

B said...

Meera,

I have pic taken just like this. lying down on the top of a hill after a small hike looking through the trees.
http://greenismyvalley.blogspot.com/2009/08/time-that-was.html

I had read about Sheena Iyengar in NY times aticle.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/garden/18choice.html
did u know that she is blind. Do tell how the book is once u are done.

Ciao

meera said...

Thank you, Carolum, Glad you like it!


B, I too love looking up to the tree tops --Love that view -- have way too many pics like that :) So far, I am enjoying the book --lots of anecdotes and research info makes the book very interesting and easy read.

Kathy Staicer said...

You should definitely paint it!!!

meera said...

I hope so :) --Thanks Kathy!

padmaja said...

That will make a wonderful painting, Meera, hope you will do it soon! I believe that choosing situations in life is all about what we need to learn and once you choose, you are stuck with it till you learn! But with painting,I can choose something instinctively that makes me happy at that point of time but yet I can choose to discard what I created if it didnt give me the expected happiness.. wish life was like that :-)

meera said...

Thanks Padmaja! yes, choice -whether too much or not enough defines and shapes our sense of ourselves and our actions.

Prabha N. said...

I never never get tired of this particular view!
If you can, share with us some of the interesting bits of that book. Dont know if i can get hold of one.

meera said...

Me too :) I will have to start taking notes now as I read the book ! I think that will make me a better reader and better 'chooser' too I hope.

Crystal Cook said...

That is an amazingly beautiful photo! I would love to see you paint it. I have such a hard time choosing things to paint too, sometimes I just have to close my eyes and point :) jk. I would love to hear what you learn from that book too.

meera said...

Thank you Crystal! I would like to paint it too but sometimes I feel some photographs are best left alone. And I have played 'close my eyes and turn and open them and sketch whatever is in view' at a airport or some waiting area :)

Art Trip said...

Thanks for the comment Meera. I don't know why it didn't show up on the post. Blogger is whacked sometimes. Anyway, let us know if the book is worth reading. My best.

meera said...

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and leaving this comment --blogger comment kept asking me to type those words again and again before posting the comment --thought it finally took it ! It is a interesting book - filled with research and anecdotes to make the points.

nikhilkardale said...

While looking at the picture.. and what you had to say about choices and selections between colors, values and styles and how concentrating on that might take your mind away from the basic idea of art.. I was thinking about 'nature' and how it must have designed our surroundings. Isn't it wonderful that it took care of everything so amazingly well !!

Good Luck with your 'choice-training' though :) You are good.. so you'll only get better!

jyothisethu said...

meera,
i love this picture very much...
good angle, composition, sense...
going through the blog i found out you as a great artist...
liked the water color techniques, the shadow you have given to the rooster for 'something to crow about',...etc.

congrats...

meera said...

Thank you Nikhil --it is a continuous process! I am glad there is always more to learn -Keeps things in perspective and interesting :)

meera said...

Jyothisetu --thank you for visiting my blog and for your encouraging words :) I am happy you liked the techniques and shadow colors and my blog on the whole --you made my day :) I usually have fun experimenting and painting. I find I am learning every time I pick up my brush and pencils learning and find there is lot to learn! Thanks again!

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