Of into the wild blue yonder

This week I’m off to a Ted Nuttall workshop at Kowana Valley Folk School. The last time I attended one of his workshops, it was a sea change for me. I know I shouldn’t apply expectations, but I’m hoping for another big jump during this workshop. We shall see.

I like to have goals, though. They focus me and keep me from straying off along a thousand different paths. I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for this workshop.

  1. There is tightness—a constriction—about my work that I’d like to loosen. It’s the seeming freedom in Ted’s work that I admire, although he told us at the last workshop that every dib and daub of paint is placed carefully and deliberately. But I think it must be a freedom in his way of thinking that allows for those spot-on “sloppy dots.”
  2. I also admire his color sensibility, and although I’m not sure how someone can teach that in a week, I’m hoping to gain some insights.

I know that I need to keep myself open to whatever knowledge blows my way. Sometimes it’s the errant zephyrs of knowledge that make the most impact. But I’m going to try to follow my path as best I can.


4 thoughts on “Of into the wild blue yonder

  1. Maggie, glad to of put a face with this blog. You are dedicated to your crafts(which are many) and great at all of them. You make the rest of us look like slackers. Well what a treat it was to have gotten to know you. Happy painting and “save the grandmas!”

    1. Julie
      It was lovely meeting you, and a pleasure to watch your artistic growth-so much in such a short amount of time! Thank you for the compliments, but just so you know, I too often feel frustrated and stuck in all of my endeavors. But I’m learning to keep slogging forward. Because really, what’re my choices?

      1. Well I enjoyed my time at Kowana Valley and meeting new people. I was thankful you were an easy to get along with roomate. I like your comment about what choice do you/I have. It’s true. I started working on another portrait already. I learned a lot from Ted Nuttall. I’m happy he was an easy going approachable artist in which he shares his talents. I too will slog forward.

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