Way back in February, I posted a few lessons I’ve learned as a self-taught artist. I thought I’d make a regular thing of it so when I’m a wizened granny I can look back on these posts and laugh incontinently at how young and dumb I was. Here is my hard-earned wisdom, gained betwixt the months of February and May:
- Mistakes and difficulties are the birthplaces of new creative techniques. The veracity of this statement is probably more a testament to the breadth of my mistakes and difficulties than anything else.– Limited palettes are FUN! Upon learning about limited palettes I was horrified at the sacrifice of all of those beautiful and forever-to-be-neglected colours. I’ve since come to appreciate the harmony a limited palette will imbue in a piece.
- The more clarity I gain about who I am, the more accepting I am of my art and the way I make it. Depending on the genre of art one moves in, there are implicit value statements about what type of art is worthy and which processes are best. In the past, when I’ve found myself chafing against these values I’ve questioned if I’m making art the “right way” or if I should be making art at all. The particular genre I’m familiar with is the mixed media trend, which values messiness and working intuitively. Contrary to these values, it is natural for me to decide what is the best way of doing a thing and then consistently do it that way. I dislike to have things remain undecided. Neither orientation is “better” or more “artistic”, they just result in different types of art, which will in turn appeal to different types of people.
How about you? Do you struggle to reconcile what you think you should do with what you actually do, and what you naturally tend to do?