Being a beginner sucks. I really dislike not knowing how to execute the image I see in my head. Some days I'm more patient with this then others. Today is an impatient day. I lack the technical skills to do what I want to do. It's part of the process. Thankfully I know now that if I keep practicing and learning, I will develop the skills to do what I want to do. This concept has always made perfect sense to me when I wanted to learn something physical. I have only recently come to understand that it's true for learning a creative skill as well. For a very long time, I believed the art I appreciated from others was born of talent. I didn't understand it was actually hard work and learning. Practice and studying. Knowing means I don't have to give up. It only helps a little bit with feeling frustrated and demoralized.
I haven't been able to make any local art classes work in my schedule in a long while so I've decided to try an on-line class this summer. I've enjoyed the classes I have tried and I've been anxious to learn more about painting with acrylics. I signed on for Get Your Paint On with Lisa Congdon and Mati Mcdonhough. This is my first piece. This was meant to be an underpainting for a different sort of work. My son kept swinging by the table as I reached this point telling me it was finished and that I needed to stop working on it before I took it too far. This after he told me it had great variety but needed some emphasis. Uh, he's 8, soon to be 9. Apparently he's been listening to his art teacher at school better than I thought. It may still go on to become a different sort of painting but I'm leaving it for now.
I'm pleased to discover I could explore this theme of quilts/patchwork quite a bit more. I just can't stop thinking about other ways I could have taken it. Looking forward to the rest of the class a great deal.