Today is Thursday, 9:17 am and I lay in my cozy bed while writing this blog post. I love to lay in bed, it's my haven. I especially love it when it's cold and drizzly outside, which it is right now. So week one has started of The Artist Way, I have been doing my morning pages, have you? I just did my artist date last night, I went to REI and took a class on bird drawing. It was fun, free and really informative. I didn't even know REI had classes, but I looked on an email they sent and decided to try something new. I am glad I did, it was really enjoyable, and the teacher had great charisma. He is going to form a group that meets once a month in different locations to gather, draw birds, and encourage people to share their drawings. All for free. How great is that?
I am glad I tried something new, thanks to doing The Artist Way, I exposed myself to another outlet. That's what it's all about. What did you do for your artist date? I know the week isn't over yet but I would love to hear from those of you who are joining the party.
The topic of this post is overcoming blocks, the reason I choose this as my title is I have had a big artistic block for sometime and I thought I would share it with you. I tend to surf the net and take online classes a lot. Too much I think. I think it's inspiring and helpful to learn new techniques and see other aritsts work to help inspire my own art. But it doesn't. It actually does the opposite. I feel like everyone else is knocking it out of the ball park, that I have no style of my own and that if only I could paint like so and so...then I would be happy.
One of my favorite artists to date is Robert Burridge, I love his energy and passion for painting and his paintings just resonate with me, here is his website for those who are interested...http://www.robertburridge.com/index.html. He is a fun, charismatic painter and I bought his workbook and DVD which are full of amazing tips on how to be a good painter. Here is one example of his work. I simply love his palette and use of color and shape.
I best be getting to the studio, it's Bob day, I pick up my studio mate Bob every other Thursday and bring him to the studio so he can paint. Thank you for taking time to read my post, please share any experiences or insight you care to, I love hearing how we are all in this together. Have a great week, I will be writing again soon.