Lately I’ve been cognitively challenged in respect to painting. I am turning 67 in August so I am wondering if my mind is more confused now. However, artists should always be welcoming the ups and downs in their creative process if they want to be good.
I decided to challenge my challenge by enrolling in a painting class at Lehman College in the Bronx. Now I’m out of my comfort zone and doing a reset as a beginner. My theory is when I’m stuck revert back to being a beginner. Now every Thursday morning I take the crowded BX10 bus and show up at 9:30 am even when my mind says “I don’t wanna”. Even when there isn’t an inspirational thought in my head. I get to the studio and work on a painting project that is dictated by the professor. This gets me out of doing it my way. Humility. Now I stare at a blank canvas with a blank mind. God what can I paint??? I have to paint my first self portrait. Ugh. Just do it Jean. Whatever comes out comes out. So here is my first self portrait in acrylic.
My 5 ft Portrait done at the Art Students League
I am not going to review this book as I have not read it yet. However, yesterday I listened to David Kelly’s TED Talk on Creative Confidence. Essentially he is saying that creativity is not just for artists but everyone. As children we are born with natural creative instincts. And somewhere along the line we are judged and that takes us down. When we give up creativity we lose a very important piece of ourselves. That piece is the ability to solve problems creatively. We say we can’t. David Kelly is helping those people and giving them the chance to expand their lives.
My theory of coloring books being banned is not so far fetched. Coloring in the lines is not creative. Kids feel bad because they have trouble being in the lines. They are not following the rules of coloring books.
Judging art is a waste of time. Only the person viewing it can say whether it appeals to them or not. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When we judge we kill.
David Kelly says his clients are changed when they get creative. Their outlook on life is different and thy start to explore different ideas about their purpose in life. Major thinking!
Again I say my mission is to get everyone engaged in creativity.