I was walking down a street in Los Angeles and was fascinated by the textures and patterns in the sidewalk. Nature gives us so much inspiration!
Find Your Joy - a 10 week course offered by Louise Fletcher. This is week 2 assignment:
I'm dragging out old sketchbooks and prepping new ones. On the left is a newly painted hard-cover book - using left over paint from my palette - much more fun. On the right is a road trip exercise - only if you're the passenger! Using a credit card, create a page full of outlines and then quickly sketch what's in front of you. It forces you to simplify! Give it a try!
I am now a member of The Connected Artists Group hosted by abstract artist, Alice Sheridan.
Check out her website! https://alicesheridan.com
In today's lesson I learned about using a great program called Canva which allows me to create designs like this:
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Yes - I'm a workshop junkie! I am taking a free, weeklong course with Louise fletcher, a CVP alumni and student who offered a taster course, "Find your Joy". Due to family visits and a serious summer cold, I just started the assignments today - a week behind but I'll get it done.
The assignment was to tape off a large sheet of paper into 6 sections and then paint without trying to make a painting, using the whole sheet, ignoring the sections.
I painted and hated what was happening - but I continued and finally called an end to the torture!!! The results were a surprise.
I am the featured artist at my favourite coffee shop, The Bean Scene in downtown Vernon, 30th Avenue across from Towne Theatre. If you're in the area, please drop in for the best espresso and a view of my work.
This was an interesting week focused on 'Risk' and 'Soul' - daring to take big risks, and in doing so allowing the soul to show itself. I am intrigued but painting will have to wait - the grandkids are here and they are too much fun to be with!! I'll get back to the studio later next week and jump into this very challenging topic.
An interesting ‘aha’ moment yesterday - I’m not painting in play mode! Not at he beginning, middle, or end. I start out thinking about Nick’s 7 questions and the design principles; I start out trying to ‘do it right’, trying to create something, trying to create ‘a painting’ - and I end up with something that looks tight and contrived, overworked, boring...
I reread coach Susan’s words in the newsletter for week 3, and there it is... I’m hanging onto my need to know, my need to impress. I realized that I don’t think I know how to ‘play’, and I have no idea what brings me joy or even how I feel or how to express what’s inside me.
Today’s task is to ‘work’ on ‘playing’.
And not a moment too soon. A week to catch up, step away from the easel if needed, focus on other pieces - and enjoy family and friends visiting... and just enjoying all that an Okanagan summer has to offer - sun, sun and more fun in the sun!
After saying all that, I actually worked pretty hard this week, going back to previously painted canvases and starting again using the CVP principles. Still not finished, lots of frustration, and I think lots of learning.