How is Playing with Legos Like Making Great Art?

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

Last week we talked about design, editing and figuring out when your piece is done.  I got a lot of great comments about this issue.

Here’s one that I heard several times that made me curious.  It went something like this:

I know it is done when it feels right or I get a gut feeling.

To which I would say…..what happens if you don’t get that gut feeling?  Do you keep working until you do?  Do you trash it out of frustration?  Do you add it to a pile of UFO’s that someday you will do something with?  (I’ve done that 🙂

This is when it helps to know your design principles- and not just know them, but be able to put them into practice.



Here’s where the Legos come in….

My youngest daughter used to play with a huge Lego collection when she was little.  She had every size, shape and color they made.  My daughter’s Lego collection is like the elements of design we use to make good art.  With those elements we “build” unity, balance and harmony in our work.  But if you don’t have a full Lego collection, you can’t make all the wonderful buildings you can imagine.  Same thing with making art.  If you don’t have full command of the building blocks of design, your work will show it.  And you will get frustrated.

So when you feel frustrated and feel like trashing something you are working on:

put it away for a while and try all or some of these things….

  • grab a book on design basics
  • take a class online
  • get a coach or mentor
  • start a critique group with like-minded artists who won’t molly-coddle you

And then get that piece out again….and try again.

What do you do when you’re frustrated with a new work in progress? Please share in the comments section!

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!



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Susan and I on set
Susan and I on set





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