Arbitrary Art

Arbitrary Art


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26 Jan 2022
value study
value study

Understanding Value

    It’s important to review things we know and even more important to hone in on things that we don’t quiet understand in order to better understand them. Value is one of those things for me. I can think of more than once that I have either used or thought of the phrase ‘ its as easy as black or white’. Truthfully that’s just either end of the scale. It’s the grey in between that gives you the most information and even then, the spectrum of gray is wildly vast.

    The in between is where the real story is told in art.
    The same can be said of us. Sure some of us are darker in personality than others, with outlooks that are a bit more gloomy or dismal, and on the opposite some are so bright that it can be read as naiveté but its the ‘grey’ that got us where ever we are. The difference in art is that we have a definite white and a definite black on either end of the scale where as with life the scale is askew to the eye of every individual.
I can honestly admit that my understanding of values still needs work. Not only in art, but in life as well. I’d also like to look at my grey days in a different way, knowing they are what give me depth and they shape a clearer image of the me I’d like to master.
- Saija Butters

11 Jan 2022

January the Month of New Hopes

    I wonder who decided that January was the month to restart our calendar? I feel sure a quick google search would give me that answer but having known myself for a while now, I know if go look I'll be lost in some chain of 'oh cool' until I'm no longer here writing this. 

    I love it though. The chance to feel as if I can kick off with a new me....I could if I would work at it. The question is whether or not I really want too. I supose in some ways I'm willing and in others I'm ok with myself enough that the rest of the world can adjust to my weird, to my picture.

    To look at this in another way... our lives are much like a painting. A painting where each stroke is a tiny habit that leads to everything that we are; it leads to the picture that everone else sees. we've heard it a thousand times, in hundreds of ways yet the lesson is still missed. We know this to be true yet we rarely realize the acts that make these changes. I can only turly speak for myself in this.

    I've recently picked up Atomic Habits by James Clear. A worthy read for sure. He finds a way to translate the fact that small actions add up. He knows that what he has to say isn't something that you haven't heard before.  What he offers to help you adjust is pretty cool.

    It dawned on me that I've created an image in my habits that have lead to everything that I am. That each of my habits much like the stroke of a paint brush don't really matter on their own but when you step back they make up me. I like the picture I see yet I also must answer to the creative within myself that always longs for the new differerent the challenge of just a bit better. 

    In some work it's nice to just follow a thought and see where it leads; in this I'd like a refrence.... to ask myself who, what and how do I want to be? and what little adjustments will get me closer? 



Joseph Lowery
My guess is January is the 1st month after the winter solstice after which the daylight hours begin increasing.