Welcome to the Glowing Wheel!

A blog exploring mixed-media and other artsy things.

Hi, my name is Elizabeth – fairly new to artmaking, I’ve only occasionally done more than peruse many artist books and website galleries, scanning deeply the art I admire but fear to make.  (Though there was a period of ATC activity a few years ago…)  Because I was sure I couldn’t possibly be “good enough,” I didn’t even try more than a small scribble here and there.  It finally struck me:  It doesn’t matter.  It’s the learning and growing that is really important, not some final stage where I can define myself as “artist.”  So, I’m giving myself the freedom to create, and play, get messy, fail,  and create some more.  Won’t you join me?

A note on my learning style:

St. Louis Statue

Much of what I do initially when trying something out artistically involves emulating what I see.  You won’t see all of this, but I will share some.  Many artists have learned by copying, sometimes even brush stroke by brush stroke, those who preceded them for ages.  It’s not for everyone, but I find that tradition works well for me.  However, I will never pass off the copied artwork as my own idea, design or image, and will always try to link to the original artist from whom I am learning.  For me this deconstruction and personal construction of another’s style is an exploratory techniques approach, and nothing more.  Well, that and a bit of obvious admiration for the artist I choose to mimic!

Self-portrait: finger-painting with acrylics

Other times I find my artwork evolving all on its own.  These are the times I really love.  The times I find I am starting to develop my own preferences, my own inclinations and intuitions in building up a piece.  It’s that period beyond the studies of others, the fallow period, the necessary break, where the background mind can begin to combine ideas, and then that wild frenzied creation of something coming straight  out of me.  Can there be anything better than that?

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    • Thanks, Orly! That’s a fantastic compliment, especially from an artist I admire as much as you! I’ve found that painting with my fingers allows a little more soul-authenticity to burst forth when creating. It’s something I’ll have to do more of.

    • Thanks, Ophelia! I appreciate that! I’m following yours, too, since I received your lovely mail art mystery muse surprise, though for some reason my computer won’t let me subscribe to blogger/blogspot blogs.

  1. Brilliant portrait and thoughts – all creative exploration is valid as far as I am concerned, no matter what form it takes … how else do we learn and grow.

    • Thank you, Jill. You are right; it is the exploration and growth that matters, no matter the path we take to do so (as long as we give credit to those that help along the way).

  2. You are so right. One of the oldest traditions in learning to paint was to study and copy the Old Masters. Hundreds, maybe thousands of years represent that tradition. Often students (art apprentices) would copy the work of their teachers. It’s a great way to learn. And it’s an accessible way to teach yourself. I love the portrait, the vibrant colors are wonderful!

    • I expect a lot of copying will come out in the sketchbook I’ve started. It is funny, though, that I often find myself starting to copy-as-a-learning-method and suddenly feel inspired to go in a very different direction. All the artists I admire mix together and I find myself creating my own recipe.

    • Thank you Susan! There are actually a couple books on color theory I want to eventually get to learn more. Right now it is instinct, experiment, and looking at other folks’ work.

  3. Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 I think your portrait is fantastic and very fluid. I’m also self-taught and it’s a wonderful experience! I see your blogroll and we have the same art-crushes!!!! Visiting again soon.

  4. I used to sit and watch television with a sketch book drawing as quickly as I could to try and capture the movement. Sometimes I would stop and draw a scene of a face. I have many images of Patrick Stewart’s face. I really really like his face to draw. Other times, I just draw what I want to without really thinking. I think the combination of both copying and experimenting helps us to learn.

    When I read that first paragraph it felt like I could have written it. Your art is spectacular.


    • I like that idea of practicing with movement on television. It’s something I may have to try! (And I too, love Patrick Stewart 🙂 ) Thanks for visiting, Kate!

  5. Wow, awesome abstract! And thanks so much for the encouraging words you left on my blog. I needed them and didn’t even realize it til I read them! xoxo

  6. Thanks so much for leaving a comment – I lurk around LOTS of blogs and don’t always leave a comment. Yet I know how much they’re appreciated, so when there’s time, I try to do it. I like the ideas expressed in this post about copying….there’s a lot to be said for it as a learning tool.
    However, I did find it a little difficult to navigate around your site. I couldn’t seem to find the scrolling post page where I could read what else you’ve posted…..my blogger doesn’t always play nice with wordpress for some reason.

    • Hi Terrie, thanks for stopping by! The posts are all under the label “posts” which can be found on the menu at the top of the screen. It should be just above the header image.
      I know what you mean about blogging platforms. I had to switch to firefox (instead of chrome) for my browser because the Captcha identity verification wouldn’t ever let me leave comments; it doesn’t work well with Chrome. It would be nice if everything was integrated, yet flexible enough for everyone’s needs, wouldn’t it?

  7. I think that is the heart of creativity. It is collaboration (with the world, culture, images, and dynamics of life), inclination (your own way…from you… by you) and transformation (beyond you). It is such a gift when we see it… and can point out the way it works for others to begin looking for it!

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