Welcome to 2016. Are you ready to begin? I am. I wanted to start this year with a little peek behind the scenes. I wanted to share a little about why I write this blog – even if I have to wonder at times if anyone is reading it.
Full disclosure; I consider myself a newbie artist. Yes, I took lessons for a while but never really painted much outside of class. I never even attempted plein air until last year as I always felt like I was the only one having a hard time making art. I’ve since learned, that just ain’t true. We all could use some encouragement along the way.
And that’s why I’m writing this blog. It’s to encourage you – my fellow beginner artist. To let you know that you are not alone in striving to be a better artist whether that be a painter, photographer, sculptor, dancer, musician, song writer, singer, quilter, needle pointer – we all have been there. And just where is there?
There, in front of our as yet completed masterpiece. There, alone in the studio with our art. There, alone with our idea that hasn’t yet seen daylight because it’s still hatching in the back of our mind’s eye. We can “see” or “hear” it and it’s pretty doggone good. In fact, near perfect.
However when we put pen to paper, needle to fabric or brush to canvas it all goes “horribly” wrong. The paint pushes the cup’s ellipse kattywampus (as it did to me yesterday), the thread count is off, the tempo too slow or the photograph is underexposed. Yet our idea remains perfect and we end up with a gap between our reality and our perception of reality. It’s at that moment we have to dust ourselves off and try again. Our best painting is the next one. Our best song is the one we haven’t written. As I like to say, I’m better today than I was yesterday but not as good as I’m gonna be tomorrow.
Based on what I’ve learned, read, done, saw, or failed at, I want my blog to inspire, to encourage, and get you back into the field or studio. As artists we need to laugh at ourselves when appropriate. I want you to feel good about how hard being an artist is at times. Realize you aren’t alone. Unique, yes, but alone, no.
This year, come walk with me. I’m just a bald guy walking his own path. I have to see what’s around the corner. I’m curious as to what I can become. Come be curious with me. Let’s build a community for budding artists.
As one of my friends said to another, “Jay’s a good teacher. Even in my most horrible painting he finds something kind to say and that gives me hope for the next one.”
Ultimately, that’s what this blog is about. Hope. We all want to be better at what we do. For me, it means after writing this post I’ll be in the studio working on bloody ellipses until I’m sick of them. I’m guessing that’s about the point it’ll be “easy” to paint ellipses.
My wife’s father used to tell her, “Just because you don’t know how to do something doesn’t mean it’s hard.” It’s time to get back into your creative space, studio or whenever or wherever you “do” art. It’s time we make some art. It’s time to paint some ellipses…
Until next time: Connect | Engage | Unleash