Artwork by C. Pembroke

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DIY Free Form Art

We are all artists, shaping ourselves, each other, and our environment. Free Form Art provides a loose structure to guide you thru the creative process. Get engaged, and enjoy impact.

INDEX 2014 - 2019
INDEX 2005 - 2010

12 Steps
4 Layers
216 Lessons
216 Steps
1 Form
2 Figures
3 Movement
4 Patterns
5 Words
6 Code
7 Content
8 Context
9 Synthesis
10 Story
11 Theme
12 Character



216 Steps (12 x 2 x 3 x 3)

The blank page can be intimidating. But drawing out what's on your mind and in your heart is worthwhile.

Use these ideas to get started and into the artistic process. You'll know you're "in the zone" once time slows down, and the speed of thoughts, breath, hands and eyes align.

Find Your Fit; Develop joy

  1. Engage Vision with Form; Play with Objects and Assembly
    • Geometry: Common, Variety, Angles
    • Borders: Composition, Ornamentation, Gaps
    • Transition: Variation, Attraction, Merge
    • Composition: Align, Cluster, Overlap
    • Balance: Mirror, Radiate, Parallel
    • Imbalance: Decentralize, Dis-similar, Exception
  2. Review Perspective with Figures; Focus on Seen and Unseen
    • Irregular Shapes: Linear, Expanding, Exponential
    • Negative Space: One, Many, Movement
    • Bodies: Outside, Frame, Inside
    • Simplify: Capability, Purpose, Style
    • Layers: Composition, Boundaries, Function
    • There and Then: Past, Future, Possibilities
  3. Draw Experience with Movement; Take time to Act and React
    • Get Physical: Energy, Concentration, Fluidity
    • Breathe: Align, Vary, Continue
    • Stream of Consciousness: Choose, Continuous, Inspiration
    • Chance: Nature, Increment, Interact
    • Iterative: Incremental, Evolve, Build
    • Transpose: Sound, Taste, Touch

Form Impressions; Follow curiosity

  1. Use Nature's Patterns, with Perception and Principals
    • Existence: Flowers, Wood, Wind
    • Evidence: Shadows, Footprints, Debris
    • Patterns / Traditions: Ornamentation, Repeating Patterns, Circular Arrangements
    • Cycles of Life: Linear, Cyclical, Radiating
    • Cause and Effect: Tighten, Loosen, Impact
    • Complexity: Stack, Surround, Revolve
  2. Use Emotion's Words, both Found and Imagined
    • Everyday: Love, Hate, Balance
    • Facts: Hopes, Fears, Beliefs
    • Art: Inspirational, Haunting, Thoughtful
    • Collected: Wonder, Worry, Whim
    • Spontaneous: Delight, Disgust, Response
    • Planned: Adore, Regret, Earnest
  3. Use Logic's Code, both Symbols and Systems
    • Simple: Stickman, House, Smile
    • Complex: Streets, Chemistry, Electricity
    • Expanded: Garage, Kitchen, Office
    • Time: Calendar, Clock, List
    • Space: Office, Circult, Heart
    • Flow: Workflow, Aerodynamics, Weather

Embrace the Ride; Enjoy impact

  1. Engage in Destruction with Content; Define Action and Structure
    • The 4W's: Who, What, Where &When
    • How and Why: Adjectives, Adverbs, Interpretation
    • Anchor: I & Me, Emotion, Imagination
    • Many to One: Theme, Filter, Whole
    • One to Many: Perceptions, Options, Family
    • Layers: Skeleton, Muscle, Skin
  2. Review Awareness with Context; Consider Environment and Potential
    • Relationships: Twin, Neighbor, Connector
    • Frame of Reference: Customs, Abilities, Norms
    • The Observer: Impact, Observe, Deduce
    • Step by Step: Notice, Observe, Study
    • Alternatives: Customs, Abilities, Norms
    • Inspiration: Origin, Alignment, Rhythm
  3. Draw Transformation with Synthesis; Highlight Self and Other
    • System: Foundation, Frame, Finishes
    • Filters: Rose Colored, Gray, Black & White
    • Wear & Tear: Bruise, Wrinkle, Reflex
    • Memory: Feeling, Moment, Event
    • Gravity: Important, Tenuous, Inviting
    • Dreams: Shimmer, Relevant, Vivid

Reveal the Road; Get authentic

  1. Review Territory with Story; Consider Constants and Variables
    • Cycles: Circular, Back and Forth, In and Out
    • Connection: Strength, Duration, Remnants
    • Direction: Sequential, Parallel, Radial
    • Organizations: One to One, One to Many, Many to Many
    • Posessions: Things, Habits, Attitudes
    • Placement: Here, Near, Distant
  2. Draw on Mission with Themes; Add Position and Direction
    • Value: Similarities, Differences, Strengths & Weaknesses
    • Purpose: Converge, Diverge, Diversity
    • Objective: Upward, Downward, Constants
    • Guided: Map, Directory, Search Engine
    • Calculated: Ruler, Scale, Lens
    • Faith: Step, Jump, Run
  3. Engage in Activism with Character; Identify Path and Journey
    • Options: Desire, Knowns, Unknowns
    • Intentions: Detail, Clarity, Pizazz
    • Commitments: Learn, Do, Share
    • Groove: Repeat, Depth, Rounding
    • Expression: Forward, Upright, Backward
    • Metaphor: Hands, Eyes, Arms


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