A New World
Weekly Report 4/17/17 to 4/23/17
This Thursday was the opening of the art show I was accepted to. I was able to experience a whole new side of the artistic world; one more geared towards socialization and networking. Although I was somewhat shy, it was a great experience and has given me the foundations to better prepare myself to similar events.
The show was held in a small church. All the paintings, from many local artists, hung on the wall. I distinctly remember a vertical painting depicting, on the left, a small beach surrounded by hills on both sides, and, on the right, a small island and a few boats followed the reflected light of the ocean. This path led directly towards the sun; to the artist it represented her journey through life, as she tries to follow the correct path. I also remember another vertical painting of red roses glittering in the light. It sort of looked like a wall of roses covered the painting. Every painting, including the ones I have not mentioned, looked distinct from one another, but all expressed a sort of admiration towards life in one way or another. I realized, from looking at the paintings, the infinite ways a single theme can be expresses. I felt motivated to add more meaning to my pieces.
This motivation was further propelled by my art teacher, Ms. Hamrick, who advised me to focus more on what I want to express in my paintings. She told me that to further improve my skills I need to stop painting for painting’s sake and begin adding meaning to my paintings. Admittedly, I am afraid of this. I struggle to come up with meaningful things to paint; usually my themes revolve around some random object I wanted to paint. This makes my paintings shallow, so, if I want to add depth, my paintings need to have more meaning behind them. I believe I will focus on expressing simple emotions at first. I do not know if that is the easiest thing to begin with, but at the very least it is a starting point, which, at the moment, is all I need.
The show also showed me the importance of networking. For most of the show I was afraid to talk to the other artists, instead I hung around a couple of friends I invited to come. There was a canvas that everyone could paint on; my friends and I could not decide what to paint, so I went over to one of the artists and asked for advice. The short conversation taught me about decisiveness and confidence. The painter told me to be bold and just paint something that would stand out against everything else. At that point I noticed how easy it was to talk to him. I should have just began a conversation with every artist around me and asked about their artwork. Now that I know this I will try to talk to as many people as I can in the next show. Networking will give me new opportunities and it will teach me a great deal about art, and because of this it is vital for me to become comfortable in settings like these.