Thursday, May 30, 2013

Getting Serious? Seriously!

Two things...

One - I will be using my artistic abilities for the good of my fellow man.  Okay - I exaggerate, but I will be using them for the good of some fellow relatives.  For the next month or so, I will be busy with a super secret project for an upcoming super duper event.  Once the event has arrived, or nearly arrived depending on the reveal, then my dear imaginary readers will get to see as well - whether or not it turns out reasonably close to the lovely image in my head.

Two -  I created a new Pinterest board.  Why is this share-worthy?  Because it's another tiny step towards phase 2 or 3 or 4 or wherever we are on this journey.  I enjoy good abstract or whimsy, but I yearn for "serious" realistic art and, more specifically, oil painting.  Watercolor will continue and, if my son is reading this, I WILL delve into the acrylic paints he generously gifted me and keeps hounding me to get busy with.  Honest, I will use them before I break out the oil tubes.  However, I discovered the Oil Painters of America (OPA) this week and immediately connected.  They are "dedicated to the preservation of representational art."  Um, YES!  Count me in!  One of the contributors is Shelli Alford.  Shelli has a fraternal twin to my story. "The art I was given in college was very contemporary and sort of non-instructional and my art reflected it."  Ditto.  She was disappointed, but has now rediscovered a passion for realistic painting and travels to workshops of modern masters.  Fantasticness!  The latest OPA blog post led me to three such masters and a list of art books to research. Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier will be my next splurge.

So, the new Pinterest board?  "Art - Getting Serious" - a home for tips, books, lessons and blogs dedicated to classical realistic drawing and painting.  Perhaps this is another form of procrastinating actually getting busy?  (As wisely suggested in this Creative Something post.)  Perhaps.  I'm saying it's another reminder to keep digging in the tackle box.

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