Art and Jazz and the Truth about Sheer Luck – Day 48

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 48 of the 365 Days Project is by Jerry Hardesty.]

Abstract painting by Jerry Hardesty
“Jazz-Rock” by Jerry Hardesty. Photo courtesy ©Jerry Hardesty.

Why the improvisational nature of creation sometimes feels like “sheer luck.”

#48 – The art of creation is a combination of technical skill, artistic talent and letting go of the anticipated result to allow the work to create itself.

When I look back at some of my most complex work it often feels like I arrived at the finished pieces through “sheer luck.” I cannot trace the exact steps I took throughout the creative process and I know I wouldn’t be able to replicate those pieces in the exact same way again.

Featured artist Jerry Hardesty explains it perfectly by comparing art to jazz: “Abstract painting is like jazz; the artist improvises on a theme or idea and brings it to climax. Like the jazz musician who uses melody, chords and rhythm, I improvise through the use of composition, line, color, and texture. I paint until I have fully expressed my original idea.”

This improvisational nature of creation can make the logical brain feel uneasy because there is never a solid step-by-step analysis of the process. We often aren’t sure where a piece will end up, but at least we know it will be a fantastic ride.

Abstract painting by Jerry Hardesty
“Progression 3” by Jerry Hardesty. Photo courtesy ©Jerry Hardesty.

Jerry Hardesty’s artwork can be viewed at: Jerry Hardesty

Description of the images included in this post:
Jerry Hardesty, Utah

Progressions 3
Jerry Hardesty, Utah

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