I go to a lot of art workshops. I’ve been to many over the years. I have learnt a lot, hands on, and always come away with more knowledge and more experience, which adds to my expertise as an artist. I always say that I can paint anything for anybody, and a lot of that is because of the diverse subjects using diverse mediums I have learnt at these workshops.
So, you would think that maybe I’ve learnt all there is to know, by now.
And you would be wrong. Very wrong, to think that, because art is such a vast subject, that I don’t think any artist could learn everything in one lifetime.
And you would think that going to these workshops for so long I must have learnt everything I should need to know by now, and sometimes I think that must be the case……..
…..and then we had a day like the one last Saturday, which turned everything on its head. Totally.
I knew it was going to be a good one. Even before I went. It was about “Abstract”. And that’s a difficult enough subject on its own. But I do abstracts already, and enjoy them, and have painted enough of them for other people, who also enjoy them. But, what I have done in the past is the first step into abstracts, and that is when I’ve taken an image, a photo, of a tangible, solid thing (well, not too solid, in the case of the fannies!!! tee hee!!!) and made the realistic image an abstract in that I’ve changed the shapes, or the colours, to hide the image, so that those in the know, know what it is, but those not in the know (children and the more innocent amongst us) only see innocence in the art. And I must admit I love that aspect of the work I’ve done. So, I went along to the workshop with experience under my belt. But I also knew we were going into areas of which I hadn’t got any experience, since I’ve never painted pictures of this new and more exciting subject matter.
There were 11 or so other people attending, and all women, I noticed. Don’t men paint abstracts I wonder?