I’m often amazed at how many people I speak to who believe art is something they cannot do. Clearly their mind is set in on certain (narrow) parameters of what art is and means to them and thus they appropriate judgment on their abilities without even trying and those who do, give up too soon because they didn't feel they fit that mold. That’s unfortunate.
Of course we know art to be many types of expressions and things and in my view, everyone has an artist within. The questions is, has it been tapped into? For most it hasn’t and for the others, it has but not enough for it to fill their time as they probably wish. So perhaps rather than viewing art as something one might be too intimidated by because of its commitments and wannabe potentials as so many do, it might be more fun to seek out a kind of art that makes less demands on a beginner artist or even on a self proclaimed artist stuck and grounded in predictable ways.
For instance, art doesn’t have to encompass technicalities and structure to be worthy of creating. This is one way of art, but as our class on abstraction through watercolors and India inks run by our artist instructor, Chelsea Dubick shows, art can act merely as an expression of the moment. Being that our moments are so limited, it would be an interesting experience to capture them in ways outside of typical memory by making them into pieces of art to frame and put up in a home. Why not that instead of photographs for memory?
Art is purely subjective. I think if the mind focuses on the creation of art and its process primarily, rather than its outcome, one might be more open to facing those fears of not being good enough and prove oneself wrong.
I’m just giving you something to ponder on as we kick off our fall registrations for our art classes beginning Sept 6th. Take a class with us at the studio school and see what you're capable of!