As I look for the way to get me jump-started in a different direction (see previous post) I am also looking for community. People who share enthusiasm for what they are doing.
This is why I chose Community Thrive — the folks there seem excited by what they are doing, and the skill levels are not the issue, just the desire to make art. Classes appear to be technique-based, not this-is-right-and-you-are-wrong. When teaching design at UCLA, I once overheard a design teacher (color theory) next door tell students that yellow and purple didn’t go together. Tell that to the Johnny-jump-ups!
I ask myself, “Remember when you just wanted to play in wet paint?”
As I look at what has me stuck I realize it is because I “know too much” — meaning I am letting my critic run the show. I want to be around enthusiasm again, because enthusiasm is contagious. I want to see people showing not their best art, but the art they made that day. I find that is where the juice is — and in fact, I never part with my initial sketches at the beginning of any of my series because the entire series of paintings lays in the initial sketches.
I am also struggling with (old) new mediums — watercolor, above, and possibly pastels. I was given a nice set of them a billion years ago and never used them. I liked control and they were so unruly. Now I think I need unruly, which is why watercolor is appealing to me. It just is not as exacting as acrylic, whereby a mistake is corrected easily — just paint over it! Watercolors are in the moment, and unforgiving.
Sketching (pencil, watercolor, pens, ink) is part of what I am doing daily now — or most days — and so when I heard about the Sketchbook Challenge I thought it also might be a good fit.
While the images on flicker were fun, nowhere did I see a place where the folks posted other than Flickr, and while it was fun to look around, it seemed a bit hard to find any one artist and look around, hear their story, why they chose to sketch this or that. I am looking for a community connection. So I am not doing the sketchbook challenge, though I pass it on here because some of you may be interested.
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