Monday, March 5, 2012

The Year of the Artist II

I don't think I started posting early enough last year to have explained The Year of the Artist I.  I love to go to Open Studios, which comes around in October or so.  Since there are 300-some artists to visit, I circle the ones that are doing interesting things with photography.  As I went around in October 2010, I kept being struck by the thought:  These people know much more about art than I do.  I decided to devote a year to learning as much as I could about kinds of art other than photography.  Here's most of what I did in Year I:

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1)      Drawing I.  Charcoal.
2)      Drawing II.  Pastels
3)      2-Dimensional Design (mostly pen-and-ink)


(Tree Bark)

4)      Photoshop class (not exactly a new form of art, but I needed            to take the class.   
5)     Watercolor (two sessions) 

African Sunset

5)      Art Journaling (two different classes)

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6)      Watercolor Journaling
7)      Nature Mandalas (watercolor)  
8)      Collage

I really enjoyed the classes I took and all the things I learned over the year.  I took online classes and in-person classes.  I met really nice people.  I learned a ton.  I may still be incompetent at watercolor (I am), but I love it and I'm determined to improve.

What do you think?  Do you do any of these kinds of art? 


deb duty said...

I've been taking a lot of classes this year too. I decided this is my year to learn. I especially love the art journaling, but I've only taken a photoshop version. I really should find a real one where I get my hands dirty! The only bad thing is I've been neglecting my blog and I haven't visited other blogs as much lately. It's very exciting that you are learning so much about art and I'm so happy for you to get to retire soon! You will definitely not be bored!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Hi Deb -- thanks for your comment! The art journaling class I took was given by Christy Tomlinson ( ) It was so much fun, and I learned a lot. Each week she posts a large number of videos, which you can go through at your leisure, and you have access to them for several months after the workshop is over. I did the "She Had Three Hearts" one, and I really enjoyed it.

TexWisGirl said...

i very much like the watercolor w/ tree silhouette!