Shame & Vulnerabiltiy in Art

This talk (below) is one I watch again and again and again. The times I don’t “feel” like painting or drawing are usually the days I feel most afraid of failure and ashamed. They are the days I fantasize about choosing a different career path… maybe one with a boss who tell me what to do every day, and I just get to check off a list.

But really, if I can just “put on some galoshes” and walk through the shame, I can get back to the place where I love what I do and I’m eager to fail again. Because failure is just useful information about what to try next time.

Masters’ Study Series

Master Study

Here’s the beginning of a series of six small (oil) portrait master’s studies. (Left: John Singer Sargent, Right: Malcom Liepke). Masters’ studies are an amazing way to analyze how an artist works. By attempting to recreate great works you add to your toolbox of problem solving in paint.

(I’m going to go back and finish the Sargeant on the left… there’s going to be a second head in there. So really, this is 7 portraits!)

Studies for Watts Atelier Online

        

So the Watts Atelier online program is amazing. It is so content rich that I kind of want to jump up and down and shout it out to the internet! Granted, I miss being in the classroom at Watts Atelier (there’s nothing quite like the camaraderie and joy of working hard, side by side with real folks) but it is really a program to be reckoned with.

And to make it EVEN BETTER (impossible- right? Wrong.) they added a cycle of friendly competitions to keep students motivated. Each student submits a weekly assignment leading up to the final piece on week four. Winners get an original Jeff Watts drawing!

Talk about a fun way to motivate growth!