As far as my major in college at the moment, I am a studio art major with a concentration on painting. Right now, I am working with oil paints which I love and in the future, I’ll probably work in different medium. But this post […]
Author: Clara Purdon
In order to become a better artist, you must practice a lot, try new things, have patience, and make art. Sometimes its really difficult to to practice or even start doing art when you’ve never held a paintbrush or taken a single art class seriously before. And lots of times, it’s just hard and you have no inspiration. Whenever this happens for me, I get frustrated because I know I could practice or come up with a composition or something to improve my skill and I simply just don’t want to. When this happens, I almost always get or find an opportunity to do something totally different that’s art related. During my senior year of high school, my wonderful art teacher offered for me to go on this art camp trip to a local college to do art with these other high school kids. Needless to say, I was thrilled and was able to go with another girl from my class at the time. The campus was beautiful and cabins were to die for and our group signed up for certain classes we would go to on specific days, similar to real college courses. Some of the classes I took were: Looming, blacksmithing, paper making, collaborative painting, wood working, and fabric design.
I made an S hook, collaborative painting, a tapestry using an old fashion loom, a band saw wood box, several scarves and other cute fabrics, purses, learned how to sew, and even made literal paper from plant fibers. I still have all the stuff I made from that camp, but most of it is packed away somewhere, so some time I will post the rest of the pictures. Anyway, I did so much that week that I never would have got the chance to ever again and it was amazing. How many people do you know that have ever successfully done blacksmithing before? There are opportunities like this all the time. Sometimes you just need to do something completely different than you’re used to in order to get inspired to do art.
Part of what I do to keep doing art is always take pictures of interesting things. Something I’ve been doing more and more lately is looking around for interesting compositions and taking a picture on my phone. So then anytime I can’t think of any projects or want to do art but can’t find the right inspiration, I look through my gallery and find something that I found somewhere else.
These are a couple examples of some of the weird and interesting shots I’ve seen just while out. The first image happened when I was walking around campus with some friends and I see these roses just one the ground just how it is in the picture. clearly something dramatic happened and I was just a bystander to take the picture for some future project. The second image is a shot from the library that I thought I’d probably never see anything like it again. There’s potential art inspiration everywhere. We just have to get out enough to find it. 🙂
Of all my friends, I am one of the only ones who does art and pursues it as a career. They look at my stuff and often say “I wish I could draw” or “I can’t draw like that.” I think about these remarks a lot and think about when I was younger and tried to draw.
These drawings are from when I was around 12 or 14, trying my absolute hardest. I remember feeling so proud and creative when I drew these and I saved them. Now that I have had much more practice, I’m certain I could redraw these to be 10 times better. But that can only happen because of the time and practice I’ve put into this. That being said, I believe from experience that anyone can become great at art. Art does not come naturally to most everyone. It is a blend between technique and creativity and the more you exercise it, the better you get.