jkhorne57

Mountain Home, United States

Sixty winters have passed since I was born in the southwest corner of New Mexico. Now I am here in Idaho, near the Snake River. A 20...

BACK TO BASICS?

I read the other day that a teacher in an art class always starts the first day of the class in the same way. She gives every student a blank sheet of typing paper and four crayons.The crayons are red, blue, and yellow, the primary colors, plus black. For the remainder of the class, the students are not told what to draw, and there are no models or props in the class room. The students are asked to draw whatever they want.The instructor said that she gets some negative reactions from those who signed up for the class expecting to discover a “secret” to producing great art. But most reactions are positive and the students even begin to have a lot of fun. There are no restrictions, and while she talks about getting back to the basics of creating, her students are doodling away, coloring outside the lines even.I read the story and it hit home. I have, over the past couple of decades, become too concerned about perfection in my art. I see the finely detailed paintings like those produced by Robert Bateman, and I want mine to look the same. Or I see a perfect photo, and I find fault with the ones I take.So it’s time to get back to the basics, and enjoy my art. It’s time to scribble away until “I” like the finished product, and not worry whether or not it will sell a million prints, or even one print. Time to enjoy art again.

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