On Wednesday I hung art in the halls at school. As I was hanging the kindergarten pictures I kept chuckling to myself and pretty soon was laughing out loud. These make me happy. The kids work is as individual as they are. However, only one was oriented in a landscape format. The little girl who made that one turned her paper sideways on purpose. When I pointed out that her owl could be taller if she'd turn her paper the other way, she said, "It's a little owl." She had a clear vision of what she wanted and didn't need me to help her see it.
Here's the lesson for me: for years I would see the style of an artist who I admired and try to paint like they did. I tried out Claudia Nice's style, then David Vega Chavez, Howard Wexler, Edward Wesson, Robert Wade and on and on. While I learned something from each of these painters, I never felt like I was saying what I needed to say. I just didn't know what that was or how to find it.
Thanks for stopping by! Alice