Re: age and influence
I studied in a traditional art environment way back in 1964. We sketched and sketched from nature, nude models, object drawing, etc., and did a lot of figurative work in clay, terra cotta, plaster, wax, etc. That covered the basics of subject, techniques and materials. I was very young and loved playing around with this medium. But content ? Lets tread carefully here!
Age has as much influence on our art as it has on any other aspect of our life. However let me tell you how I work. Before that I'd like you to know that I earn my living creating life like body part replacements for the disfigured. The specs here are that the finished product must look like the real thing.
When I do art, I consider myself the executor with the ability, training, experience and the drive. My role seems to be as a gardener, wherein the art object evolves. It evolves from a figurative as I sketch and doodle, allowing it to take on a form of its own. When it reaches material, the material may influence its evolution, and I would let it. All the time I prefer the role of the silent executive and surprise myself by the outcome.
What I am saying here is that the only choice I make is to begin. Though am a mature 60, in creative work I become a child. (Tina Turner asked what's love got to do with it. Am asking what's age got to do with it)