Lessons Learned At Art Camp

I have mentioned before my week at QSDS (fondly called “Art Camp” by many) and the class I took there;
You Know It’s A Good Day When…
When Good Art Potential Goes Bad
And How To Improve It (bad-art)

Escape, in progress
Escape, in progress

So, what was the biggest take-away from my class with Fran Skiles? That my biggest failures were when I tried to stick to the ‘plan’ and kept tweaking to the picture in my head. My biggest successes were when I let go of that vision and let the work tell me what was next, and when to stop.

Escape, overview in progress
Escape, overview in progress

It seems to me that to be a good artist you must let go of expectations and embrace serendipity.

Escape, more progress
Escape, more progress

For my aesthetic, KISS is the key, “keep it simple silly” Or “less is more”. Maybe I should make some big signs of these quotes and hang them in my studios (yes, spoiled girl that I am, I have four. One for sewing fun & artwork, two for yarny goodness and weaving (looms are big), and one for glass & jewelry stuff).  I am a Multipod after-all. And, it helps to have the kid all grown-up and on her own when you want more rooms to fill with fun. Sorry, Ashland!

Escape, detail of more progress
Escape, detail of more progress

I did learn a few years ago that techniques (and learning more of them) will not make me an artist. The more techniques I know and learn, the more “over-worked” my art attempts got. My tool box of techniques is over flowing, I don’t need to learn more. I just need to get better at the ones I already know and truly like.

Escape, more dots
Escape, more dots

This seems so bloody obvious and I think I’ve ‘learned’ this lesson before (probably the last time I took Fran’s class. Sometimes I’m just a slow learner. Probably because I keep putting artwork on the back burner while other projects take precedence. Did I mention I’m a Multipod? I always have several plates spinning at once. I’m learning a bit about how to do that better too, but that’s for another post.

Escape, I think it's done!
Escape, I think it’s done!

Simplify. Know when to stop. I’m getting better.
“Escape” by Deborah Pym Harowitz, 2013 – 12″ x 9″, white crayon, watercolor, ink, acrylic paint, on watercolor paper.

Escape, detail
Escape, detail

Speaking of spinning plates… the top priority project for the last several months has gone ‘live’. My new web site is up. Now, when you go to http://www.seaairarts.com you will not see my blog but will see my new web site’s home page. The blog link is at the top of the page on the main menu, easy to find – or on the main page, just click on the typewriter. But now I have a real, grown-up web site (that’s still got some growing to do but that’s a given). I’d be delighted if you took a gander at my progress so far and let me know what you think.
Revel in color!
Deb H

Lessons Learned At Art Camp

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