Mentor Visit Assessment #4
Mentor: Zahra Jahanyfard
Profession: Fine Artist
Location: Hall Park [6801 Gaylord Pkwy #100, Frisco, TX 75034]
Time: 12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
For quite a while my mentor visits have not been incredibly noteworthy. We mostly talked. Of course, the conversations had their use; I learned a great deal about my mentor’s organization and mindset. Nevertheless, the conversations lacked substance. Mr. Speice pointed this out to me; I need to be more active. ISM is a course that propels active and engaged learning. I should not be neglecting that. So, for this mentor visit Mrs. Jahanyfard and I decided to have me follow her to one of her classes. She was teaching in a local park; her goal was to show her students value and shape in nature.
What was truly interesting about the class, though, was the environment. Only recently did I begin drawing outside; it is still a relatively new experience. This visit, though, allowed me to gain a more solid grasp of why I should do this. The outside world is overflowing with new possible art pieces. Just in the hour I was there I saw a blue bird land on a rust-colored sculpture, a duck swim around a lake and later rest beside a tree, and a line of turtles facing the lake, ready to jump. These few scenes would provide for amazing paintings with practically perfect lighting.
Being out there showed me how much I have been missing by staying indoors. The outdoors environment is perfect for an artist. I should be taking advantage of that. Every possible drawing or painting is full of challenges provide me with a chance to improve. If I spend my time working outside I will be able to gain something I have been lacking. For most of the year I have felt rather stagnant. This change of pace seems engaging and exciting; it is an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone. I could easily take advantage of this by going out to a few more parks. Each has its own character of sorts, so spending my time in them will allow me to paint more distinct and unique pieces. The serene atmosphere is also extremely calming and thought provoking. Moreover, I could spend my time in a more urban area in a city. The contrasting, busy atmosphere would provoke completely different thoughts.
Also, being outdoors seems to stimulate my creativity. I do not consciously think much there, but it seems I still am thinking. The thoughts that pop up are more abstract and meaningful than my usual ideas. Just in this visit I saw a duck looking at a tree; later in the day, I thought of making a drawing where its neck elongated like a giraffe eating from that tree. I usually do not have creative thoughts like these. The environment is inspiring; I feel motivated to go out more often just so I can foster this creativity. Creativity is something I have always lacked, so I am extremely excited to begin developing it. My hope is that this surge of creativity might help me create more meaning in my work.