GO FOR THE GOOSEBUMPS
This is the way the gallery at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art looked on Thursday, October 4. The day before the opening. I am ready to get going on creating the 10 pieces that will become “A Roomful Of Ghosts”. Stay tuned.© 2018 David Limrite
“I am on a lifelong journey to express my feelings about me in the world. The subject matter is essentially me and exists as examples of my feelings - The channels through which my feelings pass.”
Jim Dine, Artist
It's been a whirlwind getting my current Artist-in-Residency up and running at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. The museum kicked it off with a Facebook Live video with Ruta Saliklis, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, that explains the entire premise of the Residency. In addition, we also did a Facebook Live during the Opening Reception where you can see me in action working on 2 pieces. There's a fun moment about doing an art cooking show at 10:02 and some crowd-pleasing tips about using a drill as an eraser at 12:30. Check it out.
And now...let's Go For The Goosebumps.
When you are creating, when you are involved in the process, when you are actively making images:
What gives you goosebumps?
Think about it.
What are the things that you do within the scope of your art practice, your chosen medium, your techniques, and your subject matter, that get you excited, and give you goosebumps?
To help you, here are three things that give me goosebumps:
1. Being able to make beautiful, elegant and expressive lines.
I love to draw and make a variety of lines. Even scribbles. I love to scribble! Scribbling gets my juices flowing.
2. Making bold, brave and expressive brush strokes.
It is thrilling to me to dip my brush in paint and make a brush stroke that looks and feels as if it came from me. When I can stand back, look at my work,and say, “That’s me”!
3. The color black.
I love the drama, power and symbolism of black. I love black washes and deep, rich, dense, thick, black paint. I love warm and cool black. I love the power of black.
My point here is that I think it is important to identify your “goosebump moments”, so that you can get good at them, exploit them, use them more often, and include them more regularly in your art making practice.
Why not? Why not do the things that give you goosebumps more often?
Art is supposed to be a fun, exciting, satisfying and thrilling activity to participate in.
So, engage in the art activities and processes that really engage you. And do them more often.
Go for the goosebumps!
P.S. Planning to head up, down or towards California's Central Coast? San Luis Obispo Museum of Art where I am currently their first Artist-in-Residence is just 5 minutes off the 101 Freeway. Stop in and see what all the hullabaloo is about...but make sure to check my daily Painting Schedule first so we can be sure to see each other in person!