This is my second portrait attempt. These portraits that I am doing are classic examples of creating right along side uncertainty. I definitely have a vision for them, so I am heading in the direction I think I want them to go. And seeing what happens. “Untitled”, 16”x 12”, acrylic on wood © 2018 David Limrite
“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”
As an artist, I have, over the years, learned how to love uncertainty.
You know… the moment when you get the spark of an idea that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up tall. You are excited about this idea and eager to try it out. You may not sure it will be successful or if it is even worthy of your time and effort, but the more you think about it the more excited you become.
Uncertainty is definitely there, but you think your idea has potential, and you love the process of creating so much that you are able to put uncertainty in the back seat and take off on a new journey.
However, for me, rather than putting uncertainty in the back seat, I invite it to sit in the passenger seat right next to me (along with fear and doubt). I have, not only learned to embrace uncertainty, I have learned how to let it create my work right along with me.
What the what?
Yes, it is possible to let uncertainty (as well as fear and doubt) be my studio mates. Uncertainty makes me curious. And we all know that curiosity is the great motivator for creatives.
Uncertainty often leads to unexpected results. many of them better than I could have done on my own. The trick is to remain open to unexpected results. Which makes embracing uncertainty easier to accomplish.
Very often, my brush, my paints and the painting itself, along with uncertainty and curiosity, create much better work than I can do on my own.
The moment we all decided to be artists, we signed up for uncertainty. And, as you know, there are never any guarantees in creativity.
Uncertainty is going to be there whether we want it to be or not so accept that, move on, embrace it, and create anyway.
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MIXED MEDIA FIGURE DRAWING & PAINTING
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Explore contemporary figure drawing, painting and mixed media using graphite, charcoal, pastel, acrylic, and collage. Experiment with different approaches for developing the human form such as realism, expressionism and abstraction. Emphasis is placed on observation, structure, line quality, volume, composition, technique, experimentation, and originality. Discussions, art historical examples, and demonstration are all a part of the curriculum.
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