Creativity has always been one of my passions in life. How do we as artists and designers stay connected with our creative center? We always hear to think outside of the box and let your creativity soar. I'd like to think that these posts on this blog may accomplish that for some of you. By sharing my thoughts and experiences I'm sure that it will inspire me as well.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
One of the reasons that I have not been posting as often this summer is because I have been taking a watercolor class. I've been interested in refreshing my skills for a number of years now and finally was able to work it into my schedule. I have to say that I love this class my teacher, Kendall Jan Jubb who is nationally known and recognized, has been just amazing and has allowed each one of us taking the class to go at our own pace and paint what we wanted to. I've focused primarily on landscapes this year as I've really felt that was not one of my strengths. The first class that I did was an all day watercolor on canvas class. As we were instructed prior to class I went in with a couple ideas and we were told by the instructor that we were not going to draw with pencil on the canvas rather we were going to draw with yellow paint. Well after I had a minor panic attack because I am usually a planner when I paint, I sketch, resketch, and may even lay it all out on the surface prior to painting. When I had very privately hyperventilated I decided to suck it up and try something new and chose the aspen trees as they were a looser format and I felt that they might be something that I could truly learn from in the class. I'm not sure that anyone in the class really knew exactly how terrified the thought of no control when I started to paint made me, I hope that I masked it very well. At any rate I allowed myself the freedom to just experience the medium and the watercolor canvas and I loved every minute of it. I chose to use color very freely and make the painting a very impressionistic loose painting. As I have shown this piece to family members I get a mixed reaction, most of them say "Oh my". I'm not sure if that is good or bad but I have chosen to think that they are just shocked at how completely different it is for me in style and format. I love the piece and felt an incredible freedom when I was painting it because I felt removed form the confines of any "rules" of painting. I'm curious to see what any of you think. Now that you know that I love the piece I'm sure that you will all be kind. LOL. You can also say "Oh my". I'm now working on my second landscape which I'm painting on watercolor paper and it too is different for me stylewise. I can't tell you how much fun I'm having in this class and would highly recommend Kendall as a teacher if you ever have the chance to take one of her classes.