There are lots of types of Art. But even more types of Artists. As most people won’t be written about in a hundred years for their brush dexterity, what is the point of getting in a tangle. You don’t have to be good at anything in particular or do everything at once, but what is a great shame, is the fear of ever trying….
Whenever I tell someone I teach Art, most people tell me a story.. usually this begins, ‘I was rubbish at Art at school, my art teacher hated me…….
Or a well meaning parent told you , that it wasn’t your strongest subject and not as important as Science/Maths/English …(substitute your own literal equivalent obviously… so you should probably just give it up… And most people do….
They say that that your blue-print of an artistic confidence is pencilled-in around six.
And that because we learn/don’t unlearn the basics then, or free ourselves from the tyranny of the criticism we felt then , we continue to stay there.. creatively…..hearing our judges for evermore…..
That’s where getting brave comes in..
Finding a way to watch something develop and exist, without fear of what the outcome will be, or how it compares to anyone else’s is a gift. If you can find a like minded group in a space which builds confidence and enable makers with different needs to develop…stay there!
My Art over the last couple of years has included a little bit of everything!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed this process, after years of the curricular patterns in the teaching of secondary education, and our stash of accumulated resources is ever growing and developing ( in the back shed.. for now, but hopefully not for ever)
Our story began with the small people.. the ones who really know how to create… the ones who know how to use their sparkly super powers to full advantage..
To see our updates for community artwork, go to lizatcreate… (These classes depend on funding as mobility issues require helpers and proper art spaces)
And for the grown ups- For five years, we have endeavoured to keep the ball rolling with self funding classes for a range of needs and groups, if and when we are able.
The aim of continuing to bring Art to as many people as we can, is to show that you can still be thoroughly marvellous despite your wonky bits and on tired days and sore days. Especially if your teacher is feeling the same way. And we will continue to try and fund- raise to maintain this for as many people as possible. Please let us know if you can help in any way.
And what about me?
My friend whose husband is an artist, said he asked her the other day, if I ever did any Art.. He’s got a point.. I do spend an awful lot of time doing things for and with other people.. a balance I will slowly swing back a little, now we are more settled here.. But here.. For Colm..
I have a few bits up my sleeve which are more detailed.. if I can get my hands to work long enough.
And like the work we did with Dalkeith Arts.. the more our community can do to support the Arts and crafts for those who need it it to stay well.. the better..
Sea me- Vintage seaside ideas.
This is my latest little project.. for us nostalgic types..
Sea me will be our new community group name. And under the umbrella of Liz at The beach Hut, will be a lively and productive Community Arts Organisation, collaborating with volunteers to promote the arts within the St Abbs and District community. Our aim will be to provide support and inspiration to as wide a demographic and range of abilities as possible. At the moment, our face-book page is all things gloriously beachy and seasidey. Please do add appropriately x
This week reminded me all too poignantly of why our drive to exist and make in the most beautiful way we can should be so. I would like to dedicate this post to my friend and an inspiring and talented potter Anna Merecedes Wear. Anna sadly lost her brave battle with cancer very recently and has left a lot of love and respect from the art community behind in her fabulous quirky, ceramic foxes and figures. It was Anna who not only shared apple and cinnamon cake on a Friday over a cup of tea with me, in those first few weeks at Art college, but took me under her wing and showed me the polite way of sticking your fingers up to having to do things by the book. She continued to create in her unique and wonderful style, making so many people smile and doing what most of us only dream of.. sticking to her guns. I feel proud to have known her and been helped by her stoicism and wisdom. Our thoughts are always with her lovely family.
Seize the day and let someone help. Or get your books and crayons out. Who cares what happens. Poke your old school teacher memories in the eye and raise a glass. Find your tribe. You never know what you can do until you try.
Love, Your friend,
5 thoughts on “What are we doing?”
Liz, great blog, usual thoughtful words and fantastic photographs, so much colour, its sad about your friend, but she also sounds like an inspirational person. Please keep the blogs coming, I enjoy everyone.
Thanks for the post. Speaking as someone with no formal art education, your points are helpful to those (me) who may wonder what we missed and encouraging bearings along a journey with no map to somewhere that not yet exists.
Dear Chris. sometimes I wonder if the striving of approval of an institution really does us any good anyhow. for me, it took a long time to unravel the box I was placed in and the ‘style ‘ I was meant to slot into. It is a lovely thing not to be anybody’s idea of a type. Start your own type. Or find another type and love that. You still are the same artist, no matter where your education took you. Best wishes, and good luck on your journey, Liz x
I collected lots of crafting “stuff” when my boys were small and I thought I had time to be creative. I managed a few cards for different occasions but I usually gave up as it took so long and I was not well organised. I’m sure some of the ink pads and some pens will have dried out but I’d happily bring the extras to you for the benefit of your groups – if you have space for them…
My family commitments and general hoarding nature are not conducive to being creative at this point in my life – but it would be great to know my investment was being put to good use. Plus it would give me a valid reason to come over and visit… I’ll msg you again when we are both in better health and see if we can arrange a date. Love to you both and get well soon. G x
Wow.. how kind G. Thank you, I know a lot of people who would love to make use of things like that, and it is a strange thing that even when you give away things and clear space.. a void never actually stays there long.. you’ll make space for new endeavours. Look forward to your visit in anticipation and get well soon too xxx Thanks again 🙂