Drawing with Help
Perhaps it’s too easy. There are endless books, YouTube films, DVD’s and online courses about art; some are really helpful, others not at all. The temptation is to read or watch the demonstrations and step-by-steps and not actually DO them. There’s no-one there to guide us by saying ‘just look again at that shape, that curve, that form’.
We try to be our own tutor and our own student too, and it can be hard inspiring ourselves and keeping ourselves going. It's difficult to even notice your own mistakes and shortcomings, let alone what to DO about them! Bit like life, really......
I will be forever grateful for my own college tutors and for every artist I have had the pleasure of working with. I think it’s always a good idea to join a group and/or take classes or workshops to keep you inspired and moving forward. There's nothing wrong at all with being 'self taught', but we all learn and grow by looking at other artist's work that we admire, and learning from their experience and knowledge.
Creativity and inspiration are like lighting candles – once you have lit your own you can spread the light far and wide by lighting others. If you keep it to yourself you’ll have no-one to relight your flame if you lose your way!
Here's to a CREATIVE 2015!
Vanessa Vella Tabone
5/1/2015 09:57:34 am
Creativity, in any form, is so important for us as individuals and yet we often put it aside for other things that seem more pressing at any given moment. Cheers to all who pursue their 'me' self expression time and inspire others on the way! Here is to you Jeni & yr inspiring paintings 💖
5/1/2015 01:11:24 pm
You are so right, Vanessa! It's important for everyone to find something that brings some sparkle into their lives!
12/1/2015 03:51:45 am
What a warm thought this is! It's very encouraging to learn that collegial group work can help light one's inspiration to create. We know that ultimately an artist produces her own product, however, this is always a process that involves others somehow! So, keep the candles burning everyone!! Lovely thought Jeni!!
14/1/2015 10:52:33 am
23/1/2015 12:46:19 pm
Words about being inspired, Jeni you are always inspiring, I thank you for your postings, as they are inspiring, as is your dedication to the art of art, perhaps more so now as I am unable to paint due to personal problems, but I can dream and I do.
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