Fresh Friday and random thoughts following Art in Action

July 19, 2013

There is a new feeling in the air around here. A fresh new perspective about art, my art, any art in a way which the WordPress weekly photo challenge has asked for.

These are the days of Art in Action; a four day event where artists and artisans get together and share freely their knowledge, their tools, their inspiration and form friendships and bonds.

I’m feeling overwhelmed but ever so happy. Time to link with Nancy and tell you my random thoughts.

This sculpture is by Juliet Walters and is titled “Containment”.

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I’m really taken by this form within a form and it has me thinking about my own containment. How I rely on the same painting or sculpting techniques. Why is it I’m so scared to try new techniques, new art forms? Am I scared, or is it the fear of failure, of criticism?

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I suppose it’s just like this photo I took of an oil painter’s palette. The oil just builds up and up with time.

So I thought that perhaps it’s time to try new techniques, new mediums, new avenues. Get my hands dirty with a few practical classes.

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I’ll tell you what I did: I learned to enamel and enamelled a necklace, I learned to batik and hand dyed a small prayer flag, I learned to use a press to emboss a card, I chipped away at a piece of stone till I got some sort of a small sculpture, and I threw two clay pots on a potter’s wheel.

Whew, that feels so much better. What’s next? Lino cuts and printing I think and, maybe ultimately, I’ll learn how to spin straw into gold. πŸ™‚

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Weekend camping at Shakespeare County Raceway
The contents of my travelling paint box

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25 Comments

  • Reply Diane July 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

    When you learn that spinning of straw into gold technique, please come and teach me how to do it too. LOL You sound as though you have been busy in a fun way.

    • Reply Veronica July 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Diane, I’ll figure it out and tell you and then everything will be fine. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara v July 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

    What a wonderful thing to do! I love trying new art techniques. I used to be very technical, botanical illustrations and now I’ve been more loose, painting kinda like a kid. It’s fun, but now I have a hard time being accurate and I miss that…I absolutely stink at pottery (throwing something on a wheel–ends up thrown away), though I love sculpting with clay. I adore reading about your artistic endeavors–it’s inspiring and uplifting πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica July 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Oh Sara, SHOW ME! I want to see what you do/did/are working on. πŸ™‚

  • Reply vastlycurious.com July 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

    This is beautiful!! I wonder if I get this challenge …..buried in 1800 emails….

    • Reply Veronica July 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Oh Kathryn, I know those 1800 emails! πŸ™‚

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  • Reply Roberta July 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Wow! All of that creativity..I need to hangout with you…lol!

    • Reply Veronica July 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Please do Roberta. πŸ™‚ I’m about to pass on everything I learned starting next week. With photos. πŸ™‚ But first I’m heading over to see you. πŸ™‚

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  • Reply Tina Fariss Barbour July 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I love that you’re trying new art forms and techniques! I am hopeless when it comes to art–I don’t have much ability, but I love to play!

    • Reply Veronica July 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Hi Tina, I’m so glad you like to play. I muck about an awful lot too. I’m off to catch up with you now. πŸ™‚

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  • Reply Robyn July 20, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Veronica, Yay for stepping out of your comfort zone, or rut, and doing something new! Courage and strength at its best. Sometimes I think over thinking an idea paralyzes me into doing nothing. Jump and the net will catch you.

    Thanks for stopping in at my blog.

    • Reply Veronica July 24, 2013 at 4:23 am

      Thank you Robyn. Sorry about the late reply; we’ve had some summer lightning storms keeping me off the pc. πŸ™‚

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  • Reply Nancy @ A Rural Journal July 20, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Kudos Veronica for being adventurous. I truly believe that is what live is all about. Keep learning! xo

    • Reply Veronica July 24, 2013 at 4:25 am

      Hi Nancy, thank you so much. I love to learn so will keep going. Sorry about the late reply; we’ve had lightning storms keeping me off my pc. πŸ™‚

  • Reply michellepond July 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

    How exciting that you are trying so many new things. Let me know how the straw into gold goes!

    • Reply Veronica July 24, 2013 at 4:25 am

      Michelle, I’m on it! Lol Sorry about the late reply. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daryl July 22, 2013 at 5:02 am

    oooh straw to gold …. i’m in …

    • Reply Veronica July 24, 2013 at 4:28 am

      Lol, me too Daryl. That “straw” is actually hand-made lace. Who does that anymore? Now I want to know how. πŸ™‚

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