Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on creative processes of different artists. One could define “emotional response” as inspiration, because based on her subject matter she would be motivated to paint a series based on one subject, and get into the subject with a sense of scrutiny that only someone truly inspired would have the patience to do. Mostly, these would be organic materials- flowers, bone matter, arid landscapes.
Georgia O’Keeffe had a long career as an artist: from the early nineteen hundreds to the nineteen eighties. Because she had annual exhibitions, this provided a push for her to create but also to find new sources and materials around her to motivate her. O’Keeffe liked to live in different places to garner this inspiration and explore the physical setting of place and the organic materials within it as the start of her creative process. An instance of this is noted in the book The Spirit Catchers: An Encounter with Georgia O’Keeffe. OKeeffe is in Santa Fe stuck in a rainstorm with a friend. “He had to shout to her three times before she finally heard him over the drumming rain, rushing water, and wild rumblings from the clouds above (Kudlinski, 2005).” In this anecdote, we can see that inspiration came from the natural workings of the world. O’Keeffe was enamored by the earth and form, and her fascination with deserts, specifically, led her to New Mexico on many occasions- a far cry from the artist’s life in New York City. Georgia O’Keeffe’s creative process was based on place, and the impetus to work constantly based on the inspiration of the organic matter within a physical setting.
Jackson Pollock, on the other hand, did all of his work on Long Island, New York in the nineteen-thirties and forties. Unlike O’Keeffe, Pollack’s creative process started not with the place but with the inspiration of form and material. As an abstract expressionist, Pollock was increasingly concerned with a “drip” technique, and the tools used to create a .certain effect on the canvas.