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Creatively Using Chance and Control

Balancing between chance and control is where creativity lies.

Meeting chaos with an answer.

Adapting to changing conditions.

Pursuing an uncertain outcome.

Promising the imperfect.


Painting is symbolic of this. Controlling the complex bristles of a brush, the nuances of mixed paint, guiding a complex system to directed completion.


An artist is able to paint a painting not by consciously controlling each and every facet of the process, it's impossible to control all of the mixtures, the hundreds of bristles, it's about mentally conceiving and executing it through an oversimplified model:


Control your Drawing.

Control your Colours.

Control your Values.

Control your Edges.


4 Simple Rules. Quarters of a simplified model. A layer of abstraction above the infinite nuances that actually occur on the canvas.


It is this moving between complexity and simple abstraction that lets one creatively use chance and control.


You gain Control through this simple representation, so simple you get a comprehension of it.


You gain Chance through the nuances and changing conditions of what actually happens in reality - feeding back into the simplified model, affecting the subsequent creative decisions, the Control.


Both of these culminate in an instinct of the system - a natural, almost reflex-like understanding.


This feedback between reality and our minds, the communication between the physical and the psychological, is essential to creatively use chance and control.


Without it we have no real understanding of what we create.