I was recently chatting with my friend who’s been an artist for over 50 years when she asked, “As a new artist, what did you get to experience this year?” As I thought about all of the things I got to see, do and experience I knew I had to put a year’s end list together and share it with you.
As an artist I was able to:
Paint when it’s nice outside. I mean really nice. On the nicest days of this year I was outside on a farm, near a creek, near a river, in a field, in the city, or in a park. I was somewhere outside, painting.
See the nicest views. There were times this past year I would look around and shake my head because of how intense my view was. There’s a connection to the place I’m painting.
Meet the nicest creative folks. When you find yourself painting with a group of like-minded individuals it’s a pretty fun experience. I’ve met some of the nicest fellow artists.
Meet the nicest strangers. When you paint plein air folks want to see what you’re doing. It’s a great opportunity for casual conversation and a connection. Just as long as they don’t stand in my light. Ha! 🙂
Learn just a little bit more about my chosen profession. There is so much to learn. The amount of information is staggering. I realize that until the day I die, I cannot possibly learn it all. I painted around 150 paintings this year. My brush is constantly growing and changing. In fact, change is the only constant I’ll probably ever know from here on.
Take some of the coolest workshops. Having been in the corporate world – I can assure you an art workshop is so much more fun than a corporate training workshop. I’m not stuck in some windowless room, instead I’m standing on the edge of the Harpeth river. Did I mention the view?
Have a bad day and laugh it off. I mean, really. I’m not on a deadline. I don’t have a boss with an unrealistic deadline or budget. As an artist, what is there to really complain about? The painting didn’t go as planned? I just have to tell myself, “Oh boo hoo Jay. Scrape it off and start over. It is just too nice of a day to make a mountain out of a molehill. Did I mention the view?”
This is my list. What would you add to it from yours? Feel free to comment below.
Until next time: Connect | Engage | Unleash