Saturday, March 21, 2015
Go Your Own Way
Being in another class, my first in a year, has brought up a few things for me to ponder internally. Largely having to do with trusting myself to not over-analyze, and to stop or move on when it feels right to me ~ as opposed to continuing to work over and over again on something as suggested by the instructor. I am not making the instructor's work; I am making my own work.
Along with the above, there's also that I always, until now anyway, felt compelled to post photos on the class blog of my works in process, to get feedback, suggestions and/or accolades. I'm only going to do that from now on if I really feel stumped. Which is the best use of the instructor feedback option, anyway. It's just that I've still been competing internally in some way, albeit unconsciously, and/or seeking approval from others for my own creative decisions.
Taking classes is about learning new tools and techniques, and getting a glimpse of how other artists do what they do. There is no absolute right way to do anything. What's taught is what works for that artist. It may or may not work for me. I just have to keep reminding myself of these things. It will still and always be up to me to determine how I use what I learn in my own art.
I recently read a terrific 2-part blog post on finding one's artistic voice, from Bernina's sewing blog. Here's Part 1. Here's Part 2. Applies to any medium. Highly recommended. One of the high points of the article is about learning to let go of things you don't want to do in your art. It's a process of picking and choosing, of incorporating what intuitively feels right for you and letting the other possibilities go. I've known all this stuff intellectually for a long time. Getting it viscerally is what I'm working on now. And it all boils down to this: Trust your instincts.