The other day I asked MegaMo (Matt) how he starts a new pastel project. “Blank paper and 48 chalks in a box”, he says matter-of-factly.
“Ok. Then what?” I retort.
He says it’s simple. Pick a color. Put chalk to paper. Add force and move arm at the elbow. And voila, a shape is born and you’re well on your way.
The first shape is the keystone. It dictates the rest of the piece. Before the first shape is born, it is just empty space. Now, with the first shape, it is possibility with a grounding guide. It is the entity from which all things follow. One time it was a thin red line in the corner. Another time, a curvaceous globule of cerulean blue. Last week — a brown dot, smaller than a thimble.