This post is the first in my new series, “I support creative practicing”. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be sharing some of the creative souls that help me to grow as an artist. Each of them openly acknowledges who pushes them to grow their art. Each of them supports the process of creative practicing. Soaking it all in, learning from all sorts of creatives and then turning it all into something that they can call their own. As it should be. Seriously.
I have been asked to be a part of an upcoming class, Studying Under the Masters hosted by Jeanne Oliver and includes 7 other amazing artists. The premise of the class is that each of us will study under a master artist as an apprentice. I will be focusing on Georgia O’Keeffe and copying her work and studying her as an apprentice would. I will (hopefully) take bits and pieces of what I learned from her and turn them into something that is all mine.
While this class will hold different meanings and have different a-ha moments for each teacher but for me, I think it is really important that we find a way to acknowledge that we all (every single one of us) practices by emulating other artists, old and new, to learn and grow our own style of creating. We need to start openly sharing that we pull inspiration from everything and tuck it away in our noggin to use another time. And that the beauty in all of this is that there is a magic moment when it all comes together and becomes something that is ours alone. I want fingers to point at others in a positive rather than negative way.
(So basically, I hate the copying foshizz that is going on. The accusations, the fear of sharing my process, and the folks who actually copy things without taking the time to make it their own. And most certainly the negative drama that ensues within ourselves, our friends and peeps we don’t even know.) *I am not saying it is ok to blatantly copy and sell it as your own – that’s copyright infringement and just bad juju. So don’t hate on me in the Comments section.
I am hoping that in my week during the course – I can spill my creative guts out and share who I love and how they helped me. And I am hoping you will too when I share what you have to say in your guest blog post.
This week I am happy to share my creative other-half, Kelly Barton.
Tell me about what is sitting on your art table right now. Who inspired you to create it? What did you see that spurred you into action? Can we see a picture of it?
at this very moment, my BIG green table is filled with wood slices. they were inspired by two different forces. a chain of events really. last summer during the Your Story retreat as a poem was read i began drawing a really organic object, as i listened to the words i found myself pulling the lines over one another and ended it with a little heart kite. i sat there looking at it, happy and satisfied.
as if this little drawing was the noble peace prize. (i rarely get this feeling)
I knew that this would soon be a series. moving down the road to a few weeks ago, i hadn’t been creative much and i just was feeling this itch to paint something and i posted a little picture of a heart, in my “threaded” style and my girl nina cunningham (an amazing artist) sent me a note telling me how it reminded her of a family member who had lost her husband and how brave in love she was. so i grabbed a little wood slice and painted a threaded heart for her and titled it brave.love.
i love the idea of our hearts filled with all the criss crossing, tangles and clear skies we have greeted in life.
If you could sit next to one of the masters and pick their creative brains, who would it be and why?
gosh this one is so hard for me to answer. could it be more like the last supper and i am sitting in the middle of 12 masters with a good cocktail and they are waiting to help me with whatever technique i wanted to work on next. there is so much to learn and i have been inspired by so many artists.
If you could sit next to a creative crush for a day, who would it be? And don’t cheat, it has to be someone who has no idea who you are?
lenny kravitz???? oh you mean as in the visual or studio arts. well dang.
if i could sit and paint with anyone (who has no clue who i am) than i would say jesse reno. to just sit, chat and paint would be amazing. i have been wanting to take a class from him, for years and just for process and creating new items from old items, dolan geiman. he is a midwest dude (chicago). he uses so many elements to create a piece of art. and the use of his colors and flair make me happy. he just seems to have created quite a following and brand.
If you can, describe the magical turn when something that comes together -when all the bits and pieces fall together after lots of practice?
when i was little i loved christmas. my parents never had much money. my dad is an educator and my mom stayed home with us. but somehow they made it magical. we were allowed to sleep around the tree, with the lights on and each christmas morning my older brother would come wake up my sister and me and take us down to see what santa had delivered. and there around the tree were three little piles of goodies. i used to be so excited. santa never wrapped our presents. it was magic. wondering how that tubby dude made it into the house and not burn his bum when he went through the chimney, that led to our furnace.
magic. it feels like that.
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