Instead of setting a long list of “resolutions” this year (because we all know what happens to those), I’ve decided to choose one word that will be my inspiration for the year ahead. My word is “learn.”
I plan to learn as much as I can in as many aspects of my life as I can: new Zumba choreography for my classes; new techniques that will push my art forward and help me provide fresh inspiration in my art classes; new skills that will improve my full-time work as a communications professional.
I’ve already learned something from trying out a new approach in creating the tissue paper artwork that you see here. The lesson is: When something isn’t working the way you thought it would, don’t give up, keep trying, go back, rethink, redo, keep going.
I think this applies to everything I do in the studio and in life in general—and it is a lesson I need to learn over and over.
When I create art, time disappears and I am transported to another place where I float above and beyond my day and relax into joyfulness. As an art instructor I want to share that feeling with students. It has been such a pleasure working with fellow explorers in class on projects in my “Playing with Paper” class at the Attleboro Arts Museum. As they joined me in the euphoria of creating, their ability to let go and dive was so inspiring. I can’t wait for the next one, “Painting Flowers in Mixed Media,” in April.
What happens to you when you engage in art? Please comment and share the feeling and what you do as a creative to tap into that.
I love playing with paper, any kind of paper. The sound of it tearing into random shapes is like music. Piecing it back together to create whatever you can imagine is magical.
This spring I get to play with paper to create flowers on canvas in a “Painting Flowers in Mixed Media” class I will be teaching at the Attleboro Arts Museum. The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to see what the students come up with. It’s so inspiring to be in the company of fellow makers and dive into art projects as a collective of creatives.