Ultimately this call-and-response rhythm extends to the relationship between artist and viewer, as is the case with all meaningful art.
Color theory is something every artist needs to thoroughly understand. I know the basics - primary and secondary colors, RGB versus CMYK, complementary colors, and so on - but I want to delve into the deeper meaning of color, the messages that different colors convey to our subconscious and how they affect our moods.
Art gets done when it gets done - the process is the most important thing. That's probably a good philosophy for life, too.
Working on my new mixed-media piece at Northwest Encaustic this weekend, I was stressing myself out. I had paid $90 to work there all weekend, with the idea that I'd have a lovely "masterpiece" to take home at the end. Their studio rental fee is only $45 a day, which I thoroughly appreciate!
But I had grossly underestimated how long it would take to finish everything. And I'd procrastinated on the woodworking portion beforehand for so long that by the time I got that done I didn't have enough time to do any of the other stuff that needed to be done before I headed to the studio.
Power tools are my bugaboo - but hopefully not my Waterloo. They are the reason I'm procrastinating on doing the wood-working portion of my latest mixed-media piece. However, I'm now to the point where I can't do anything else until that portion is done.
I need to drill holes, cut out shapes, and nail and screw stuff together. Simple, right? I know exactly where to drill and cut and nail and screw, as I have it all mapped out, but I'm afraid to start. I know this is absurd, but nonetheless I procrastinate.
Hopefully, writing about it will bolster my courage.
Well, I like to think it was a belief in myself and my ability to create passably cool art. But to be perfectly honest, it was also a slow economy plus the fact that I'd been unemployed for, er, a while. That and a glimmer of hope that maybe I could get enough financial aid to attend.
If the Facebook ads are to be believed, Obama wants moms (and other women, I presume) to go back to school, right? Plus, having that BFA gives an artist "street cred." Not that I care whether or not someone thinks I'm a "real artist," but it helps. I might even go for an MFA later, too.