Weekly Report 10/31 to 11/06
The calm before the storm. By that I mean that everything I did was in preparation for the next week. I wrote my fourth interview assessment which taught me a great deal of how personal and different artists’ journeys are. Then I worked on my research speech outline. I want to show myself that I am a good public speaker, but I find myself incredibly anxious to talk to everyone. Finally, I made an incredible tough decision regarding my topic for this year. Between painting and concept art, I have chosen painting.
While writing my fourth interview assessment I realized something from all my interviews: each interviewee experienced journeys that held the same themes, yet differed massively. Mr. Howard risked everything for his dream, Mrs. Greenoe decided to pursue her dreams after many years of thought, Mr. Rohm took a methodical route to pursue his dream, and Mrs. Foster took many years to ensure her experience. Each of these people took different routes to different places, but they all end up with the same conclusion: success is determined by determination and passion. Those who pursue what they love and keep working towards improvement and become successful. This theme of sorts, it encourages me to take more risks and pursue my passions. I want to create art, not for money, but for the sake that it fulfills me.
Passion is the most important theme for my year in ISM. In my speeches, I want to get the message that I have chosen passion to guide my path. However, I find that difficult. I struggle to get my point across and I fear that people will see me as lazy. I feel like that is the reason I struggle with speeches. I do not mind talking in front of others, but I want to make sure they understand my message. For that reason I plan to practice my research speech, in hopes of sounding eloquent. I have written an outline, so now I will just practice it. I also plan to sound confident and enthusiastic to speak in front of my class.
The enthusiasm I have for art is something I plan to cherish, but for the purpose of this course I cannot do everything I wish to when it comes to learning about art. I have to pick a topic. Seeing as I have manly had interviews with painters and my research into concept art has not amounted to much, I have chosen to stick with painting. I believe it is where I hold most knowledge and where I can reach out to most people, so it is where I hope to improve. I love concept art and I want to continue learning about it, but for this course I will continue to learn about painting. I know it is a good choice because it is the riskier of the two and that is what the course is about: exploring something I wish to do in depth to see if I really do enjoy it.