“The beginning is the most important part of the work,” said Plato. I think. I’d be more confident of his having said it, or written it, if I knew where he is supposed to have said it. And instead I found these words at one of those Plato Quotes sites.
It does seem like something Plato would have said, sounds very Plato-ish. If he didn’t say it, he certainly should have. Well I confidently attribute it to him because it suits my purpose, and better to have him saying it than me. He’s so famous and wise.
The beginning of art has the potential of being hugely important! When a picture starts out in a bold, deliberative way, with the large elements presented in full, the artist builds an underlying structure as a strong foundation for everything that comes afterward. Everything that the artist sees and presents later can be tethered to that underlying plan with invisible glue.
If you can imagine a bottle of Elmer’s Thoughts, those forms you pour out to which everything else sticks — rather like “Plato’s ideas,” then you’ll know what I’m talking about.