There are many ways to begin!
Here is just one way...
You may start by making a
loose structure out of ideas and some physical
marks on a surface, both of which are sympathetic
to each other. Quickly or slowly, elements of this
structure can be dismissed, or kept and developed.
The medium you choose to
express an idea and the tools used to manipulate
the medium have their limitations but, through
experimenting with their possibilities, will often
feed you with fresh ideas.
Building up layers of a
medium, sanding, scraping or rubbing those layers;
adding new layers; using a wide range of tools;
using a solvent or not; keeping an open mind...
all contribute to keeping an image flexible until
a certain point when one element shines out.
The characteristics of
that element can be interpreted and developed. Its
intrinsic values can be used a lot or a little -
celebrated, compared, juxtaposed - and lead to
The apparent or latent
references and suggestions can be re-interpreted
by each and every viewer.
line may dance, or it may walk, and you may
walk or slide or teeter with it"
Douglas and Elizabeth
MacAgy, ‘Going for a Walk with a Line’,