Over the last 5 weeks I've been in Juliette Crane's, How to Paint an Owl e-course working on my Parliament of Owls and have been enjoying the process so much!! There have been times when I was frustrated, but I got through it and I think I am a better artist (yeah, I'll refer to myself like that for the sake of this post) for it!
I've learned more than was taught ... if that makes sense. I've learned things about myself on and off the canvas. Mostly about letting go and taking risks. Its freeing, especially when creating and I love it :)
It really is okay to not like something and start over, or at least get to a point where you can be happy and pick up again. Its amazing how many emotions you can experience while working on a single painting, but mostly it is a love-hate relationship :)
I find that my creativity has a shelf life and when its open I have to use it or I lose it. Which also means when its done for the day, its done! Sometimes its an hour and sometimes its 6!
Where that creative journey will take me isn't always clear. There are times when I have an obvious goal in mind and times where I am doing loop-de-loops over the same parts. That is generally my clue to move on to something else.
When a project is sitting in the wings waiting for me to return it is never really out of my mind. I revisit it often always wondering what my next move will be. I have a list of things I love and that make me smile. So when in a slump I can literally pull out my list of loves... Scarfs ... Check!
Once on a roll, when I'm really in "The Zone" I'm working on a sub-conscious level. I move fast, with ease and nary a doubt in mind ... I just seem to make things happen. Does that make sense?
Before you know it, its all fallen into place ... all of these parts make sense and tell a story ... if you care to hear my version of it and how I arrived at this finished piece then ask away! For now my heart is soaring over the completion of this; Amelia Owl-Hart.
I think everyone should take this course and see where the journey takes you. Keep in mind that you do not need to know how to draw or paint ... you will learn. Juliette has the best techniques and teaching style so you feel like you are getting one-on-one instruction from the comfort of your own home! She's always there to encourage you and help you if needed and is only an email away. :)
I know prior to the course I was very leery about (avoided) labeling myself as an artist, but after this class I could get use to the idea. I've definitely gained confidence and have a new perspective on how I approach my work. I for-see great artistic things in my future, very exciting!!