Okay. So two things...first, I didn't have time to sit and blog about it...and two, I needed time to really reflect on the impact of last night's events.
...let me back track. Last night I rode down to Delray for a Art Hive meeting and then to check out the galleries there on Atlantic and in the Pineapple Grove/Artist Alley area. I didn't get back til late, then had to pack for Chicago...I admit, I was in a bit of a frantic. (Two things about me...I love to travel..but I HATE packing for a trip.)
And of course, today I found out my first flight was delayed, which would cause me to miss the second flight...deep breaths...the bottom line is I fly out early in the morning. It will be a very quick trip to Chicago, but I don't want to miss out on the chance to support my husband (he is there for his professional conference)...and of course to take in some art at the local museums. So now I have some time to blog. I am just so overwhelmed by the experience last night. The creative energy of not only the my colleagues at Art Hive, but in the galleries we visited and the studios. Love it. It is tough to juggle, but I plan on making it to more of these. I need this in my life. It brought me back to a class I took in undergrad...we took a trip to NYC and were exploring the gallery scene, visiting artists' studios, really having some significant dialogue about making art. I felt so energized by that experience, and Delray last night brought me back.
...a few pictures from last night, some mine some from Jess...
Probably the one thing from last night that really stuck with me was the visit to Vladimir Prodanovich's studio. We walked down an alley, into a studio space that was in a garage. The first thing that hit me- the smell of paint. The wonderful smell of acylic paint. Then the colors from the pieces he was working on. He was working on multiple pieces at one time...Vladimir talked about how this kept one piece or one mark from being too precious and allowed you to really create in that moment. It made sense. And as an artist, visiting another artist's studio and seeing how they work...I wondered how could I apply that to my work? Can I? Admittedly, I am a little conflicted because on one hand, I have this love for detail, intensive drawing...even on a level that I have yet to reach. Tiny, minuscule movements of the hand to create shading...I really respond to that...but then there is that part of me that really likes the freedom of blowing the paint across the paper, letting drips happen.
There is talk of making art, giving art away, art storage, magazine planning, and how he lives this life.
How can I apply this to my work?....How can I become better at what I do?....How can I make a go of this whole artist thing?
These are the thoughts that I am a battling with right this second.
Side note...here is my CED #230. I started this today at school, drawing on the document camera while the students worked on their small drawing.
So quiet, everyone on task.
Just the sound of pencil on paper, sorting through crayons and colored pencils...markers being capped and uncapped.
Not Vladimir's studio, but I will take it, this is my classroom studio.
Artist and Art Teacher