Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The concept of instant art
I taught a private art lesson tonight, concentrating on the basics of watercolour. I found these shells, not on an exotic beach, but in a store and bought them because I loved the shapes and pale colours, so used them as the subject for painting.
I often find with beginning artists that they want perfection without realizing the work that has to go into moving to a higher level of competence. Individuals want to jump all over the board in different mediums and subjects and each new thing they see, that becomes their new goal. Its difficult to pull them back to earth without breaking the bubble of excitement. I want that excitement to stay and stay with the hours of practice and learning that still need to come.
I did this little piece alongside my student and it isn't complete, but it was wanted to take home and practice with, so I let it go. I think we all have that level of enthusiasm when starting something new. The difference between continuing on to learn a skill, learning part of something or abandoning it altogether is each person's need and determination to succeed.
Also in an 'instant' consumer society, people expect everything to happen quickly, including art. The practice of art - or art done well to be more precise - is not served up, double sized in 3 minutes.