In a foreign studio space, always managing to forget at least one vital supply ( how could I not have realized I was nearly out of cadmium red dark?!).
… and join MeetUp communities filled with artists and kindred spirits who are open to learning and growing, outside of a traditional classroom environment?
Well, primarily because I like to share and I enjoy learning from other artists like myself, as well as open hearted individuals.
There are many times when pursuing art can be a necessarily solitary endeavor, yet we still crave connection to our tribe, the people who may seem faceless, but we feel ‘know’ us in a way our family & friends can’t.
To be able to compare experiences of materials and techniques. Tips on where to find supplies and also drool over coveted items.
I’m lucky to live in good sized city with a thriving arts community but I still enjoy hearing those voices of comrades and seeing their work from far corners of the world.
So if you live near or far, have a simple question or just wanted to drop a simple :), I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. I’d like to acknowledge the great encouragement contained in the bite sized book #UNTRENDING by Vicki McLeod.
I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely author, speaker and entrepreneur recently and I was delighted to hear that we shouldn’t feel that the Internet shouldn’t be viewed as a huge time-sucking, cotton-candy filled wasteland (although it could of you let it!)
It’s a guide to using social media to make connections that enrich or lives.
I had a discussion with my friend Adam recently about the Inktober challenge I had done & also a challenge that he had posted on Facebook referring to the game of Being Seen. Part of what he was wanting to make people aware of with this challenge was that many people have the same (smiling/happy) profile picture for years or some people may be hesitant to post an unflattering/unedited picture. This essentially is an incomplete representation of the multifaceted & complex people we truly are. (For that matter, how many of your friends are paying attention? Or take the time to comment? What do they have to say about your expression that day?)
Now this is of a very positive pickle to find myself in. A constructive conundrum! I know when speaking with him that he is always encouraging people to go for it & aim higher! I want to be able to say “I did it!” when I see him next.
Adam, always aiming higher!
This caused me to realize
“I’m going to have to try this challenge too, aren’t I?”
He then one-upped me by specifying that I would need to DRAW myself every day for a week! 😲…
“Okay”, I thought, “I can do this, challenge accepted!”
I live on Vancouver Island in Beautiful BC just off the coast of the mainland & a little north of Seattle. Smog is (thankfully) something which we never need to contend with here. Unfortunately, there have been numerous wildfires on the West Coast of North America and the smoke blown our direction has changed the colour of the sunlight.
After a few hours of this phenomena I decided I had to try to capture some of it.
Making beauty of of tragedy! I applied a watercolor wash of pinky yellow aka orange 🙂 and let it dry. I then pulled out one of my new toys: a dip pen with a flexible nib and sepia India ink.
Then I grabbed my bag with art supplies and went for a walk up a nearby hill hoping to get a view. But everything just looked dirty viewing it from that altitude. 😥 So I sat down on a rocky knoll next to a small Garry oak tree amongst the dry grass for sketch.
Speaking of sepia:
These sepia colors remind me of a painting I did a while back. I had a favorite colorized photograph of my grandpa Jim, he was a real cowboy during the Depression. One night he got all gussied up in his best chaps and gear to go to a local dance. Our family had a farm in Fort St. John not far from where many of the current forest fires are.
I enjoy a little creative challenge every now and then to help think outside my comfort zone. So this week I incorporated several different bits of online homework and blog challenges altogether that had a few things in common. Namely the colours blue, green & aqua.