This has been a whirlwind week of activity. School started this week and I have a ridiculous number of classes. This is my last semester so I want to make the absolute most of it. Currently I have 9 classes: Painting 2, Life Painting I, Life Drawing 2, Ceramics 2, Bronze Sculpture, African Art History, Horticulture, Tennis, and Golf. I am having a ball but sleep has been scarce.
It may seem crazy, but I believe in saturating yourself in something if you really want to learn it. I think of it as the immersion process, like when you’re trying to learn a new language. You will never become fluent in French, for example, by taking a class or two and practicing for an hour a couple of times a week. If you really want to learn French, go to France and speak nothing but French, no matter how painful, until you start to pick it up. Now I realize that this is too painful for many people, but this is the only way I know how to be – and it seems to work for me.
I have gone from someone with almost no experience in art to, a couple of years later, someone who is considered quite competent. I don’t think this would have happened for me if I hadn’t soaked myself in all things Art. I don’t expect to burn the candle at both ends forever, but until I get to where I want to be as an artist, I will continue to work hard and make the most of every opportunity.
No matter what you’re interested in, if you treat it like the most important thing in the world, it will reveal its secrets to you.
Have a great week and follow your bliss!
The following are some photos I took of a beautiful tree I saw on campus.