The be/cometheartistyouare challenge is on in March.
So far we have
…haikued our HEREs
…attempted to make a baad drawing only to find out that it is really difficult
…drew a line and let it free our arting inspirations
…looked and saw…what is around us. In new and fresh ways. Avidly seeing.
The above are my images but others are going through the process of allowing themselves to art for 20 minutes a day, prompted or not, along with me and seeing the magic it does to their arting…and living.
You can still join us in the Arting group for free this month. My aim and mission is to get as many people arting as possible, so do spread the word. Please. Thank you!
Christmas as you would probably agree is one of the best times for reading. So before it finishes, why not check out these books, even if you may not have got them (there is Amazon, oh no, I did not say that! or the local library). So which books should you read/have a look at to get arting (more serously or with more fun) in the new year?
Here are my top ten
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, I know, I know… if you are really feeling stuck and combating those inner demons and blocks this will help.
How to Become an Artist by Michael Atavar if you are already taking it “seriously” and need a bit of pep talk.
Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp if you need to rock your creative habits, obviously
LifeLines by Dion McInnis if you need some more interesting ways to dig biographical inspiration.
Foundations of Art and Design by Adrian Piper to revisit the basics of visual language, even if you are only looking at the illustrations and consider the headings of each chapter.
Make Mess by Keri Smith to get a bit more playful and irreverent, any of her books, really.
Women, Art and Society by Whitney Chadwick to appreciate, even if not that perfect, gender relations in the field.
The Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms by Simon Wilson and Jessica Lack to get your head around some of the art books, magazines and art gallery labels. Or approach it dada style – pick a random term and create around that.
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, check it out really really, if you have not already.
100 Artists’ Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists as selected by Alex Danchev to get inspired (or steal like an artist) to pen your own one.
These are my top ten for artists at any stage, shape or form, plus of course…read anything AND everything BY your favourite artists. No harm in that. Not necessarily ON them, but BY them, says I as an also trained art historian.
What would you add up to the list? To help your arting itch? Let me know
And if you want to take it more seriously (arting itch) with a bit of fun (a lot actually), why not join me on the #becometheartistyouare course in February or take the self-study option anytime? Let’s get arting in 2018!
In May I am running this unique mixture of visual art training and art therapy self-experiential challenge: #becometheartistyouare.
For a month, in twenty-minutes a day (minimum) you will unblock, find, explore and develop your own arting inspirations and learn more about your world, yourself and the things in between in the process.
This is how (a curtain pulled, syllabus revealed).
All you need is yourself, your phone camera, a pencil and a sketchbook. That will do to start with.
Week One is all about getting rid our our arting fears and finding and developing our own ways of seeing
Day 0 — Looking at where we are
Day 1 — Making a baad drawing
Day 2 — Drawing a Line
Day 3 — Looking and Seeing
Day 4 — Seeing some more
Day 5 — Write up your Seeing manifesto
Day 6 — Show and Tell
Day 7 — Arting Reflection
Week 2 is all about learning from your favourite artist’s work, which speaks to you the most currently. You learn authentically from them and about yourself.
Day 8 — Inspired By: Your choice
Day 9 — Inspired By: How was it made?
Day 10 — Inspired By: What does it mean?
Day 11 — Inspired By: What did they mean?
Day 12 — Inspired By: What does it mean to me?
Day 13 — Inspired By: Show and Tell — My Inspired Answer
Day 14 — Arting Reflection
Week 3 and Week 4 are devoted to developing the material you have created using elements and guiding principles of art and design…and looking at what it all means for yourself too.
Day 15 — Nothing/ness
Day 16 — Point and Line
Day 17 — Shape
Day 18 — Texture
Day 19 — Space
Day 20 — Time and/in Motion
Day 21 — Value
Day 22 — Color
Day 23 — Unity/Harmony
Day 24 — Balance
Day 25 — Scale/Proportion
Day 26 — Contrast/Emphasis
Day 27 — Rhythm
Week 5 is about preparing to Show and Tell, to share authentically what you have created. And…deciding how to move on.
Day 28 — Looking at it all and seeing what it means
Day 29 — Choices, Choices
Day 30 — Preparing to show/share
Day 31 — Show and Tell: #becometheartistyouare
Day 32 — Celebrate and Reflect
Day 33 — Where next?
Daily I am sending out the arting prompt direct to your inbox. When you put in the arting work, and follow/spend time on these arting prompts daily, you are guaranteed to get your arting juices back, develop a creating habit/discipline and take your arting to the next level. As well as discover things about yourself you did not know or did not acknowledge fully. You #becometheartistyouare. More of herself.
There is a friendly and safe community in place to share your ahas, questions and observations. Ready to join us? Go here.
So…when people ask me what I do…I tell them I am an artist, and inspire people to be/come the artists they are.
This kind of puzzles them. They ask…what kind of artist? And what do you mean by be/coming the artist they are? You mean we are all artists?
I am an artist trying to work out what artistic animal I am…and yes, we all are artists, so are you, if you want to be/come one.
That is the best answer I have come up with so far. The above and the below.
You will only be/come an artist if you art/away, and in the process you, if lucky and persistent enough, you probably will find out what kind as well. As long as I am following joy… I can live with that.
The Nike (who was a Greek goddess of victory) logo Just Do It seems more than fitting. But I know that more often than not many things get in the way of just doing it. Mostly my own self.
In my work, in the past as an educator, gallery professional and creative freelancer I have always been best at inspiring and encouraging people on this path. Probably because I have walked it, and stumbled and got lost on it many a time myself. I have become a creativity coach (well, that is the nearest box I can box myself into)…I call what I do Arting.