Re: virus: Together or Not

Marie Foster (
Sat, 29 Nov 1997 07:32:57 -0800

I need to explain more the ah ha that your message about taking notes
graphically. I often sketch while I am in meetings or some kind of
lecture. I rarely write down ideas. But now when I go into a meeting I
find myself making notes out of the sketches.... Very interesting
phenomonen as I tend to remember the ideas better with the sketches than
taking notes or not taking notes... Your idea just set me in mind that
this was an option that I had not explored. My experiment along these
lines is to use my 'notes' sketches in either my colored pencil drawings
or my glass and see what comes of it. It would be very interesting to
show such a piece to another person who had been at the same lecture or
meeting and find them recognizing the idea! What about someone who was
not at the same event...

Not likely, but if it did?


Brett Lane Robertson wrote:
> What happened to me is this Brett. I have been working on my colored
> pencil art and my glass work recently (though not as much time as I
> would like). Until you said what you said here, I thought of art as
> representation or non-representation. What you gave me is the idea that
> I need to work on my art to convey my belief system. My neurons thank
> you!
> Marie
> Marie,
> I used to style myself an artist (still do sometimes). I went through a
> period when I wanted something to "convey my belief system." It is a worthy
> endeavor. But, in the end I think that what seems entirely personal today
> will be very common and mundane tomorrow. That is, like handwriting, people
> will look at it and note the "style", make some brief comment on it--like,
> it's neat, or readable, or concise--and look for content...this
> "representational" quality you speak of. In short, I got tired of being
> "artistic" and think--now--that the craftsmanship, or the quality of the
> piece, matters much more than the expression of a certain style or belief.
> In fact, sometimes I'd like to repress my "style" art has a signature
> quality to it and I notice it as a flaw (the heads are always slightly
> smaller on the right side of the picture, the hair is always too full, there
> is a decided slant to the left in the overall composition, the lines are
> loose, etc.).
> Anyway, I don't want to convey the idea that it is extremely important that
> other's understand me, if I can capture a truth and convey it. It is just
> frustrating when someone wants to know how I came up with is
> an expression of who I am in ways that can't be conveyed in the same sense
> that saying "I read it somewhere" might express.
> Brett
> Returning,
> rBERTS%n
> Show respect for age. Drink good Scotch for a change.