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Friday, June 14, 2013

My Artistic Journey

Decided to try to write something here today that doesn't relate to my workshops. I've been spending so much time thinking about teaching others that I decided I needed some instruction myself. I'm taking a workshop - 4 sessions - with someone whose work and career I admire greatly - Marcia Reed, of Gallery 37 here in Milford, Delaware. She has the most stunning gallery with rotating exhibits – elegant, stylish, sophisticated art and artistically created ceramics, and accessories for the home that will knock your socks off. She holds a BFA and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts,  Amherst and taught for 30 years at the Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, Mass. Her list of accomplishments is long and impressive. And she is the most delightful, down to earth person who has won over all of us here in Milford, Delaware!

She offered this intimate workshop - there are only 5 of us - and I am so very happy to have been able to participate in this unique experience. Her intention in teaching us is not to have us learn to paint like she paints, but to find our own voice in our work. To reach higher and delve deeper. To "paint with our eyes closed" and let our own creativity come through. I feel that at this point in my creative life, I need this. I've been feeling a bit dry after all the events of this past year (family-related obligations) that I've not done any painting - with the exception of my journaling and even that has gone through some dry spells. So I'm ready to open myself up to this experience. As I've done so many times now in my life, I'm putting one foot in front of the other and seeing where it takes me.

I'll try to document it here, but I won't promise to do it every day or even to share the whole experience. It's a personal journey and I may have to go it alone.


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