Monday, July 30, 2012
I used to be on the board of a local non profit art organization. My original interest in it was purely selfish. I had a new found interest (or rather a re discovered interest following my youngest child entering school) in painting and wanted to meet others of like mind. It was very effective. At the first meeting I attended I met several artists of various mediums. I was truly inspired and motivated.
I enjoyed being around them all. We discussed art in a multitude of arenas including the fundraising for the organization which included an annual auction, an art show/festival and a few miscellaneous other ploys. It was creativity the way I remembered it. I began using the right side of my brain again. Thinking outside the box. Problem solving. It was great! Plus, I had the added luxury of gleaning from my new artist friends everything they knew about their mediums along with stimulating conversations revolving around art.
Last January I resigned from the board, not because of any ill feelings. Quite the opposite. But because I had to make a decision as to how to spend my time. Being on the board meant volunteering once a week (for me anyway) at the gallery, meetings at least once a month and then any grunt work that was needed for our activities. That really bit into my personal painting time. I felt that if I wanted to continue to grow as an artist, I had to dedicate more time to painting. Cant get better just thinking about it, can I? So I turned in my resignation, vowed to keep in touch and parted to my studio. My lonely studio. Love it but it's quiet. Turns out, I'm a people person.
I think most of us are people persons (people people??). I was just discussing with a friend who was frustrated that her husband isnt giving her the support/inspiration she needs. I am lucky that my husband is starting to see the mystery and excitement in art but I realize that we dont all have that support system at home. My advice to her is to seek out others that relate to her passion. Find someone she wants to emulate. A role model. We all need role models. We all have them whether we realize it or not. Some are not great role models yet we spend so much time with them. Then we take their advice wonder why we seem to be spinning our wheels. Seek out your superheros. The people who are living the life you want to live. Or at least pursuing the life you want to live. Whether it's a comfortable pace of Sunday painting just for grins or an intense passion to absorb every last bit of info on your medium and for each new painting to outshine the last, find a like minded companion. Or two. Treat them well. They are your friends, mentors, colleagues. You have the same goals or at least similar goals. Chances are good that they will appreciate having you around as well! :)