Finding My Light

…the art you love as a viewer may be quite different from the art that YOU are meant to create… When you see art you love from another artist, you are receiving their light, and when others see your art, it’s YOUR light they need to see.

I read that the other day from this blog.  I was trolling through art blogs – one link led to  another.  This statement really resonated with me.  I am still finding my feet.  After I read this I had doubts about whether I should be taking classes.  If I take classes, I will only learn how others do the things I like.  I know that other artists steal/learn from each other, but how can I do it and still be true to myself?  Even if I really don’t know what that is.  I am great at copying.  I am having doubts.  Life was simpler and more joyful when I just got on with things when I really didn’t know what I was doing.  How do I get back to that?

I think part of the answer is to just get on with things.  I can’t unlearn stuff I have learned these years.  I just need to figure out my way of doing things.  I have already learned what I like and don’t like about my current online class.

  1. I learned that I can draw simply and I can let go of drawing perfectly.
  2. I like drawing into wet paint and making marks.
  3. I will always prime my boards, no matter what anyone else says.
  4. I learned that if painting over water soluble pencils and pastels, the paint will bleed and mix  with the paint.
  5. I learned that I should only use water soluble pencils and pastels on top of a painting if it is painted on paper.
  6. The isolation coat or topcoat will make water solubles bleed.
  7. Always do the final lesson on paper first before committing to a more expensive substrate.  Using your good supplies for this is ok as it could end up a winner.
  8. Don’t use your expensive paints, pastels, etc. on a lesson warm-up.

I have received lessons 3 and 4 of my online class and have watched the videos at work with the sound off.  I really like the look of lesson 3, but lesson 4 not so much.  I am going to have to switch some things around for that one.  It seems that I am not the only one who hasn’t followed the lessons to a tee.  

Hopefully I will have completed both lessons by the time the weekend is over!  In the meantime, I leave you with a loose drawing of a bouquet I found on the internet on some scrap paper on my desk.  Can you guess the flowers?

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2 thoughts on “Finding My Light

  1. Hi Arlene, I like to use the classes as a jumping off point to explore art in my own way. For me, it opens up possibilities. I don’t always like every lesson nor do I do every lesson exactly as given… And sometimes I just let the lesson simmer in my mind! 😉 I think part of this art journey is discovering what you enjoy! 😃🌈💕 Lovely drawing of flowers 🌼🌷💖

    1. Arlene

      Thanks Jill, I don’t like all of the lesson, so I am working out how to put my own spin on it. 🙂

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