Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Art Lessons

If there is one thing I keep learning over and over again, it's that every day is an opportunity to open up a new creative avenue for yourself. And to renew old ones, too. I've taken some time lately to put down the furniture painting brush and pick up my number 2 pencil, and go back to the basics of drawing. And you know what? My sketches are tighter and have more "artistry" than they have ever had before. No one was more caught off guard than me. And I had to wonder why this is. I haven't taken any new art classes in years, haven't been reading any art books or how-to tutorials either. You know what I think it is? The more creative avenues you delve into, the more you paint, or craft, or sculpt, or create something from junk, the more internal artistic layers you build. The trained eye gets better with each new creative venture, coupled with a deeper understanding of composition, light and color. The accumulation of visual knowledge and experienced hands merge on a blank sketchbook page. All of this being unconsciously done, of course, so really I just have to give Life all the credit for it. But, as an aside, today I painted the first piece of furniture I've painted in a week or so...and I think my drawing has really helped my painting. I felt bold and in control of what I was 'bout that?

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