Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Goals and Goings on

Image by Carla O'connor
I was inspired by Kelly Berkey ,who recently did a Vlog on her blog(wow, that sounds like a Dr suessism) about what she was working on and what her aspirations were. I thought I would share mine. I am very involved in Wyanne's Paint free class . I am discovering some important things about myself . I remember when I signed up for her class that I thought " I don't like paint but I do want to discover my style so Ill just use what she teaches with a different medium " but I have actually painted and am looking forward to painting more. I am starting to see a color palette emerge . I have discovered that I like canvas better than paper to paint on . I also like to paint on larger surfaces . I recently painted on an 11x14 and I felt it was to small .I am feeling less frustration with paint. I really cant put all the things about this I am feeling into words but hopefully eventually it will show in my artwork .I am keeping the things I am painting strictly in the Paint free class to keep the process intact but I am in that class with some incredible ladies . If you want to register for the Oct 25 class , I highly recommend it . It has been worth every penny so far and we are just starting the third week.
I am also working on my drawing skills . I signed up here and I am going to make it a goal to sketch everyday and I am practicing value .
I am also making it a point to study anatomy . My goal is to render the human form in my art and I also love faces . I ordered this book . I think it is important to know anatomy if you are going to draw the human figure .
I am really trying to learn the " Language of art " and get to a place where I have the knowledge to express myself more freely . The land of art is very vast . I am only just beginning to discover it and what it has to offer .
If you would have told me 20 years ago that art would become a passion of mine , I never would have believed it . I feel very small in the land of art . I have so much to learn and I am surprising myself with the things I am drawn too and how little I know . I am studying art history, when I can . I am ashamed to say that I know very little of some of the great artists.
Things I thought I didn't like I am being drawn too. I recently discovered Virginia Cobb and Carla O'connor . They paint in abstraction . I found myself wanting very much to explore that . So really I am at a very exploratory stage . I have no idea yet what my favorite medium is or where I plan to go . It is exciting and scary at the same time . I am like a baby discovering a new world. I am obsessed with learning right now and I think sometimes that's where the frustration comes from I want to run before I can crawl , so to speak . I can see small improvements and thats a good thing .So what about you ? what are your goals and aspirations?


  1. El lenguaje del arte invadirá tu alma cuando menos lo esperes

  2. Good luck in acheiving your goals, with your determination and effort I'm sure you'll do just great! It seems like you're enjoying exploring anyway, I wish you the best of luck with your artwork!

  3. I hope you are feeling better. It's not fun being sick so I wish you well!! What a great painting/photo you included on your post. I've not heard of her and now you have me intrigued to check out more of her works. Hugs!

  4. Thank you so much for introducing me to these exceptional artists. I love the way you expressed how you feel about your art, and you have me very interested in Wyanne's class--thank you again!!

  5. Oh Jackie, I understand your feelings here very well. So proud of you for letting your heart, hands, and eyes explore and find what art style, you yourself really connect to. It sounds like you are finding out much more about your real self...because you are listening to what you are really drawn to. It's easy, for me also, to get confused in this area about myself, especially when I am comparing what others like or create up to my own likes and art. We cannot do that to ourselves. How can we be and do and learn the Jackie style and LeeAnn style if we constantly keep our minds and eyes focused on someone else's style. I'm slowly learning that balance myself. I love learning from other artist like you are doing. Good for you! I see that this post was from September. I hope you are still painting?

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting today on my post. I'm so glad you did.

    ♥Lee Ann