Cleaning out my flat-files…and there it is, Epic 66 from The Men Are From Mars series. I remember drawing my model Tom Ray and realizing how with a plastic sword in hand this middle aged man summoned the kid/hero in himself. He could slay dragons and foes just like the little pirate that lives down the street.
“I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have not really seen, and that when I start to draw an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is.” – Frederick Franck
Yup. Franck is totally right. Drawing is a magical revelation.
Keep the beginners mind, curious and humble! Donâ€™t ever get to the point where you think you know it all. You canâ€™t, it’s impossible!
Beginner’s Mind is really important to the creative process, at the easel and in life.
For me, summertime is a time to learn new things, usually not directly related to my art because feeding my curiosity always reaps benefits to my art practice.
Where can you take free classes? Here’s a great place to start: http://academicearth.org/universities/
Wow! Congratulations toÂ Creative Justice, theÂ arts-based alternative to incarceration for young people in King County, for winning this year’s PAN (Public Art Network) Award! Â PAN is the only national program specifically honoring public art that makes significant contributions to culture and community.
Who said art is only eye candy? Â Someone who didn’t know that art with heart can change the world!
Pictured above is mentor artist, Shontina Vernon. The photograph is by Timothy Aguero Photography.