Monday, May 18, 2015

232: Tectonic Shift

Tectonic Shift, 10" x 10", acrylic on canvas
There comes a time in every artist's journey when major changes are inevitable. Usually it's when multiple paths have been pursued and it's time to synthesize all the disparate parts of the art project into one complete whole.

In the accompanying painting I combined multiple techniques developed over the last fifteen years into one canvas. I'm not saying it's a masterpiece–it's only ten inches square–but it does encapsulate a vein of expression that can be expanded on for many painting sessions to come.

In the study of creativity there is a concept known as divergent/convergent thinking where one's mind is filled with as many possibilities as possible only to reach a saturation point. The brain then begins a paring down procedure where harmonious elements are fused together. This is often a subconscious process. Such events often mark a major shift in the creative journey.

Hoping your journey is progressing well.

Brad Teare–May 2015

View painting and print on Saatchi Art.


  1. I've always thought of myself as a divergent or lateral thinker (at least at the beginning of a creative process).

    But I think the truth is my goal is more towards an optimizing strategy which according to the wiki report says requires more negative mood. This is where people are more concerned about the quality of their ideas. And in fact, after Creativity, my highest value is: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. This is where I notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience. That implies searching for a better or best solution.

    1. Excellent ideas! I will definitely check out the lateral thinking entry on Wikipedia.


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