Today is a reflective day, and I'm going to attempt to remember the positive things about myself and my life. I've been looking back on Facebook to see my journey up to this point, and WOW....how far I've come. Not just technical skills with my art, but overall emotional well-being too. I need to remember that when I get down on myself. AND STOP GETTING IN MY OWN WAY.
Ha! Sorry about that. But I needed a bit of reminding before I share my news of the week.
I was gifted with an art class at the Desert Museum for the weeks leading up to the fall semester at UA. It's an opportunity to learn a new medium and to be able to play. Sometimes there is so much pressure to perform during my art classes at UA, it sucks all the fun out of the process - not to mention the pressure I put on myself too. Yeah, it's a lot. So this opportunity to explore with colored pencils...it's very welcome to get me back on track before this last year. I must say I love Prisma pencils! WOW....the colors are so super juicy saturated with pigment. Even if I am only coloring in those adult coloring books, there is art involved with picking colors, and mastering how to blend the colors, and making a mark. All things I can later use when I do my own drawings and then color. And really, sometimes you need a mindless exercise to reset your creative process. Like the pouring painting that I was doing at the beginning of the summer before it got to be too expensive! :)
I find myself very excited for my trip to San Diego. I need to recharge my soul. Sounds silly, doesn't it? But...I need some uninterrupted me time. I need some uninterrupted painting time. And I need to tap into the fearless Susan who seems to be buried underneath several layers of anxiety-ridden Susan (again!). I forget everything I've learned and wallow. Well, I need to stop that. So yeah.... San Diego can't come soon enough.
I haven't been painting these past weeks. I finished one and then varnished two and then ran out of steam. I have one painting that I need to get going again on... Maybe during the semester. I am hoping for one of the art studios at school so I can get a dedicated space for my painting. Especially since I don't have any painting classes this upcoming semester. I'm hoping to have time to paint too and not just focus on the art classes I do have. Although, I'll be back in ceramics, which means more monsters! I have ideas for a series of them which I probably should sketch them out sometime soon. That was another thing I wanted to do this summer was sculpt a little. Sigh. Too many ideas, far too little energy these past weeks.
Okay, I must get busy here. I'm reminding myself to stay positive. You stay positive too. Remember to do good things this week and be kind. You just never know when someone needs that!