Channelling the Painter Within: Lesson VI

“She could never go back and make some of the details pretty. All she could do was move forward and make the whole beautiful.” – Terri St. Cloud

All good things must come to an end, as we know, and Monday night saw the wrap-up of my six-week art class, Exploring Acrylic Painting Mediums, at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

But, as I mentioned last week, rather than an end I am hopeful that this might just be the beginning for me. Not because I see any great potential in my artwork so much as because as a therapeutic outlet, it’s amazing. The beauty really is in the journey, in this case (and that’s how I hope the quote above will be interpreted).

My generous teacher, Megan Bernard, was more optimistic than me, reminding me how long it takes to learn an instrument or a language.

“People approach art as though it’s different, but it’s the same idea. It takes time to learn,” she said.

A fellow student, whose name I didn’t catch but whose work I frequently coveted, added that she could have cried after her first art class. It was a water colour class, she related, and the paint and brush did not cooperate with the vision in her head.

“I wanted to quit, but I kept going,” she said.

Perhaps another course or two could be in my future, in an attempt to further hone the skills I’ve started to learn.

While I could learn at home, from my talented artist husband, I love the classroom environment, finding inspiration in the approaches and work of my classmates as well as the knowledge and experience of the teacher. We’re all learning the same information, but applying it in our own way and it’s so much fun to witness.

In the meantime, here is how I finished off with the poo swirls and (below that) the Rows of Roses, as I’m calling it. Both, as well as the top photo of a music themed painting I did, will likely have a bit more tweaking, but this the next best thing to finished.

And let’s remember. The point was not to turn me into an artist so much as to “culturize” myself. And that it did, in spades.

– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier

Complete Story:

Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson I
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson II
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson III
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson IV
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson V
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson VI

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