I am still enrolled in several online classes. One of those is Serendipity 2 with Juliette Crane. She is a really great instructor. However, being a novice in drawing and painting original pieces of art, the course has presented quite a challenge for me. It is NOT neat, it is NOT predictable and it certainly is NOT using my normal “safe” tools and mediums that I use most. LOL! It has been really tough for me.
I have been taking it in stages. LONG stages…lucky for me I have access to 12 months of material for two years because I am going to need it to get the goody out of all of the information that is being presented. I know it may sound funny but as much as I like painting backgrounds, I did not realize how attached I have become to certain methods of accomplishing this task. Juliette uses lots of oil crayons, acrylic inks and water soluble materials in her work. It has been a challenge for me to use these successfully and with confidence so I guess you can say that I haven’t even gotten past the background stage yet. If I am to ever get freer and looser in my work, this class is going to force it out of me.
Don’t get me wrong. I am enjoying the class. It is just personally taking me and my conservative manners a lot longer to digest all of the actvity than it might take a “normal” person. 🙂 But that is OK with me. It is great experience and I will get what I can get. I won’t get exactly what Juliette presents and how she personally creates with her methods anywhere else. So here I am puttering along…..
Here are two backgrounds that I have created using my interpretation of class methods. I really like the second one. I am going to photocopy it and use it as collage fodder in some of my other art when appropriate. Many artists do this and now I have ONE piece that I like well enough to reuse in this manner many times. They are brighter in person. Hopefully my photography will improve as well!
I hope you have a nice and creatively fruitful day!