Day 2. Monday, July 28th, 2014
It is the official first day of the course. I am excited. Eager to delve into collage, art-making, being in community.
We are eleven. Four students in the downstairs studio space with the instructor, Jonathan Talbot, at the front of the room where two long tables span the width of the space to accommodate his needs. The other six are in the beautiful upstairs studio. Big windows looking out at the forest beyond. Bright sunny space. I had chosen to be in the downstairs space the day before because I didn’t relish the idea of lugging my six heavy tubs of art supplies up a half flight of stairs. I’m grateful this morning as the downstairs space, though darker, is cooler.
It is already warm outside by 9am.
Jonathan gathers group and asks, “How long does it take to win the 100m race?”
He answers his own question. About 10 seconds if you’re an Olympian. But it takes a whole lot of time getting there, he adds.
Art-making is like that. it takes time. Effort. Patience. Practice.
We practice. Practice. Practice. Experiment. Test. Attempt. The difference is, in art-making, there is no winning or losing, there is simply that place of exploding ideas, that space where judgement falls away and all we are left is the act of creation making something out of what wasn’t seen before, visible.
The edges of your substrate are your limitations, he tells us.
Don’t play to your limitations. Play to the elements of your creativity.
I like that.
Play to the elements. With the elements. Be one with the elements and let creativity play with me as I play with being creative.