June assignment :: MATS Bootcamp
I've just completed a piece of work for the Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells (MATS) Bootcamp June assignment. This month was rather good because the subject was wall art and the theme was ocean based. Well, I think by now most of you know how much I love to create art around this subject matter!
There are some really talented artists taking part on this course, and over the weeks, we have shared our sketches and ideas and final pieces on the Facebook class page, so there's this constant pool of amazing inspiration to immerse yourself in. I love getting excited by other people's art - I love seeing something new that really lights me up and makes me ask questions like 'how did they do that? How did they create that effect?' and then go away and have a play, and see what I can come up with for myself.
Lilla has been a great teacher - she's shared so much with us and I love the insights we've had as her students into what works in the world of selling art.
As a student and artist, I get deeply curious about the materials people use to make art, and the techniques they apply to create something eye catching and incredible. From taking this course I have felt myself naturally leaning towards adding more collaged elements into some of my work - it just seems to call to me right now and my last couple of pieces have included beautiful hand made art papers that I glue on and paint over. I'm excited by these changes in my work, and I like where I'm headed.
New :: Winter themed art with collage papers
And before we go on, let me just say, there is absolutely nothing wrong with learning from other artists and crafts people! I'm always thrilled to be offered the opportunity to learn! I love discovering what materials a favourite artist likes to use, which paint brand they prefer, what paper or canvas they like. I like to study their work and learn from them because when we're prepared to learn, we inevitabely grow.
Learning is about embracing new techniques and then allowing them to unfold in our own unique style. You can give a whole class the same palette of paints, the same brushes and collage materials and give them all the same theme to work to - and each of those students will create something unique and amazing when they create from their soul, which is kind of like what happens in MATS except everyone brings something different to the table there, as a whole plethora of styles are presented in both digital and traditional formats.
Learing isn't the same as copying either - without learning, we wouldn't achieve much as human beings, and when we open ourselves up to learn from someone we admire, or who's at the top of their game we allow ourselves to grow and expand in ways we can't begin to imagine. The trick is to apply the techniques in your own unique style! Have a play and see what happens, don't be afraid to let your own style shine through. It's all about having the confidence to try, to see where it takes you. My Mum always said 'You're never too old to learn' and she's right! Humans are meant to evolve, we're not meant to stagnate at one level - we need to keep moving, keep absorbing, keep seeing and thinking and dreaming. Access the very heart of yourself and make sure you keep moving on the path that makes you feel alive, the one that allows your spirit to shine. Be who you are - because its true that everyone else is already taken.
I'm really happy that I had the opportunity to take this course. I'm already working on some new art to send to publishing companies for licensing based on what I've learned from Lilla, and hopefully this will be a great starting point for lots more new art to come!
I'll see you again soon,