Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Weekly Report 12/12 to 1/1
This break was a much needed one. By distancing myself from school I was able to gain a fresh new perspective. As I eased my way back into the swing of things I was able to think of what I truly want to learn in this course.
I have said many times that I strive to do what I enjoy; however, that is not exactly what I have done this year. I took a practical approach that focused heavily on sustaining myself as an artist, which, although incredibly beneficial, was not necessarily enjoyable. If my goal is to strive to follow my passions, should intricacies really matter? Does this hesitancy to delve into the art world mean art is truly not my passion? If so, what is my passion? Where did these questions come from? Well, ever since my first interview with Mary Vernon these thoughts have been brewing in my mind.
When I first spoke to Ms. Vernon she seemed somewhat unsure if I was following the right path for myself. She almost seemed to be driving me away from painting. By putting doubt in my mind she sparked the aforementioned questions. This intrigued me; ISM was supposed to answer my questions, but it has only made me question my path. Scheduling my second interview was the first step in gaining some answers. Ms. Vernon and I spoke about marketing, as usual, then her artwork and experience, then about my artwork, and finally about mentorship. We gathered there was only one thing that could help me understand my true passion, painting. I need to paint more, as an artist; by painting more I can find myself. Looking into a practical view is helpful, but it does not fulfill in my goals for ISM: to find my passion.
During the break I also worked on a draft for my original work. I thought of the themes of branding. Although I want to take a slow pace, I need to pick it up. Which I will begin doing this next week because after finishing the draft, I wanted to paint. So I did.
I painted the sides of my poster board for the research showcase. It was a real puzzle. I did not want to do anything too “flashy,” since the focus should be my work, not the board. I went with a abstract look, where I limited myself to only the color blue. My original sketch was blue sides on the board; this was my way to remain loyal to that. I worked outside and splattered paint on one side and then patted the other paint. I am happy with the outcome. It looks “artsy” enough to draw attention, but not enough that it will look jarring to those in the showcase.
This break served as a time to rethink my plan throughout the course and to focus on a specific aspect of ISM, initiative. This course has helped build my initiative, and I am proud of the outcome. However, there is still some more room for improvement, so I will take the initiative to paint more often and begin working on my original work.