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:
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!
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?