If you only know me through my blog and my FaceBook page, you would think that my life consists of Hello Kitty, chocolate cake, and quilting (not necessarily in that order). In fairness, a lot of my life is full of Hello Kitty, chocolate cake, and quilting, but there is so much more that I choose to keep to myself.
I have decided to take a risk today and share something more personal with you:
I am taking an online art class.
There, I said it.
Some people look at my quilts and say, "Wow, you are an artist!" but in my heart I do not believe that. I am a "skilled practitioner" in the art of quilting but when I meet a true artist, I am humbled. They have something that I lack. So many of my friends in the quilt world are amazing artists. I do not want to copy them, but I want to be able to think like they do (if that makes any sense at all).
When I took art class in school, the teachers tried to be encouraging, "Good effort. Try Home-Ec." I took an Art Quilting class as an adult but quit attending when the teacher informed me that I was "doing it wrong."
Either this third try will be the charm, or I will be out with my third strike. Time will tell.
The first assignment was to create something as an introduction. I made Discovery:
I applied some of the things the teacher taught about: color, texture, and density. It should surprise no one that I chose to use fabric and thread instead of paint and brush.
The lessons about artists so far have been interesting. I am a museum junkie and divide paintings into "like" and "don't like" categories. I love when I visit a new museum in another city and turn the corner to see an old friend hanging on the wall, "Well hello, Mr. LeWitt! So good to see you here!" Other artists I just don't get and don't think about too much. I hope this class will help me to think about them in a different way.
I am taking a risk by taking the art class and trying new things, but I am also taking a risk by letting you know about it.
My heart is actually pounding as I consider hitting the "publish" button.