Artful Building Blocks

Somerset Apprentice Autumn 2010 'Taking on Texture'

The latest issue of Somerset Apprentice arrived in my mailbox! I love being part of this publication because it focuses on providing simple instructions for creating many of the mixed-media and paper work seen in Somerset Studio. I feel a kinship to this magazine having contributed to each issue since it’s release.

Sharing techniques is not just something ‘nice’ to do, it’s really our job as artists. Art is a movement, it doesn’t just sit still but moves in new directions, constantly redefining itself , constantly moving. I heard somewhere that there are no new techniques, just the same things being used in new ways. That’s an interesting way to look at things. It helps us to see that ‘we’ are just vessels that the techniques flow through and what comes out from our hand has its own unique look to it because we each bring our own muse to the table.

It’s important to learn to love your own Art for what it is and not get caught up in comparing it to other people’s work. Learn techniques from whatever sources you have access to and make art, embracing what you create. Then turn around and share with those who follow you and together we all will move art along its journey through our time. Years from now people will look back on what we’re creating and decide what to label our time with Art, so let’s keep moving and sharing and taking our Art to the next level!

9 responses

  1. ‘Sharing techniques is not just something ‘nice’ to do, it’s really our job as artists”. This really says it all. Artists are on the verge of pricing themselves out of sharing their talent. Courses are now so costly, only a few can take advantage of them…I have an artist friend who is taking on a number of interested art quilters and she will be mentoring for the next year…the costs was only $100 and 75% of that is returned when the student completes the mentoring…the idea is to open the door to creativity and to encourge…I really appreciated your comments and your support for other artists.

  2. That’s a great message . . . I’ve been thinking about sharing more stages of my artwork rather than just a finished piece. I just forget to take pics along the way, will have to try and rememdy that.

  3. Thanks for sharing! I would love to subscribe to the magazine but have way too many books around right now. Maybe when I get going on this new journey! I’m really interested in the different techniques and thanks again for providing us with lots of inspiration!!

  4. Pam you are so right! If we constantly let our inner critic have control we will never create our own art but rather immitate others. We need to learn techniques of course but then take bits and pieces from all and put them together in a way that speaks to our soul. Thanks for all that you share with us!

All comments are read and greatly appreciated!

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