Sorta-Like Flowers . . .

sortalikeflowers

I decided I don’t like my new website design, so I am changing it again – all in the name of simplifying.

There was not enough white space and I love white space.

So back to square one – what IS my website about now days anyhow?

It has to be about Sheer Heaven, of course, because of it being the most awesome art paper in the known universe.

People are still emailing me and calling me with brand new things they have discovered (many are their “trade” secrets so I can’t share). And I am always doing something new with it – like cutting stencils for glass work lately.

Sheer Heaven is the best stencil film ever,  because it can be cut so easily with a scissors. AND you can make the stencils out of the leftovers from your inkjet transfers.

But back to the website – what is the other big thing?

The other big thing is TEACHING.

I “retired” from formal teaching after just a few years, because I really really hated the politics of institutions. I was a hippie way back then and pretty free-form with my ideas. I also had a big case of BSIS (bullshit-intolerance syndrome), and I found more of that in the education system, even in liberal northern California, than you would find at a rodeo.

Long story short, I moved on to other things.

But somehow, the teaching kept creeping back in.

After being on the internet a few years, it became obvious to me that this was a natural place to teach.

So I did.

It was a pretty unusual thing then – to teach online.

Now, online classes and workshops are ubiquitous.

I don’t think I have been to any arts blog or website that does NOT offer a list of workshops and classes.

So, do I just dump all mine because of the competition?

I have done some looking at that competition – much more than I have let you know about – because I have found the experiences mostly playschool and have learned very little, and cannot find much positive to say. Better to say nothing.

Ironically, with all the classes going on, there is VERY little skill-building in the arts. There are a few good workshops, but they are the exception, not the rule.

I even get a little peeved now and then when I see a watercolor “lesson” that results in the kind of mess that every watercolorist tries to avoid. If you have no clue how to do something, don’t TEACH that, for heaven sake.

Like I said, I get a little bunched up about it sometimes.

The skills of drawing, painting, and design underlie everything in art.

Whether you are talking clay or stone or fiber or quilting or collage or card making or photography, or WHATEVER, the quality of what you turn out, is going to be dependent on your SKILLS in drawing, painting, and design. Period. There is nothing to be argued about here.

Better skills in this area make you a better artist – more satisfied and fulfilled with what you produce.

Everybody has to start somewhere.

As a beginner, you will not be great, and you will know it.

But, rather than join the absolute cacophony of whining about inner critics, just decide to WORK to get better. Your inner critic will shut right up, because she is actually an inner “guide” and that’s what she wants you to do – WORK at it.

UNDERSTAND that it is not easy to get really good at anything. DECIDE that you will get better at it by learning how to do it, preferably from somebody who KNOWS how to do it and how to TEACH it, and then go DO IT over and over until you get better and better.

I promise you will see the progress, and you will see your own style emerge - in whatever media you love.

OK – shoving the soapbox out of the way, and getting back to what my website is about.

It’s about teaching and learning those critical skills.

That’s at the core of my workshops, workbooks, and retreats.

I show you how to draw, paint, and design in a way that you “get”, so you can go off and practice until you are really good.

My intention is that you GROW your talents because there is great delight to be had in a garden of delightful things created by you.

So, I changed the Cre8it byline to:

A Place to Grow Your Talent.

And decided to use a LOT of white space and some potted flower illustrations.

They turned out to be fantasy flowers – almost looking like something familiar, but not quite, so I am calling them “Sorta-Like” Flowers, and I thought I would also use them for a line of greeting cards, and add a quote to each card – about flowers, gardens, or growth.

Can you help me out here?

If you have a favorite quote along these lines, would you please share it in Comments – along with the author if available?

I would really appreciate it.

The website work is not done yet, but you can see my little sorta-like flowers below, because I finished them.

I love to paint very realistic flowers, but that didn’t seem like the right feeling for this – too formal.

So, it’s fun to make flowers up. Not just random squiggles (that’s fun too), but flowers that have some suggestion of the real thing. It’s interesting how just a couple details can remind you of a specific blossom.

This one is sorta like an African Daisy . . .

sortadaisy

Sorta-like a Sunflower . . .

sortasunflowerSorta like a Coneflower . . .

sortaconeflowerSorta like an Aster . . .

sortaasterSorta like a Tulip . . .

sortatulipAnd sorta like a Marigold . . .

sortamarigoldThese will be the new pictures for my home page – and they all need quotes because they also want to be greeting cards.

LAST 3 DAYS FOR INKTENSE WORKSHOP ON SALE

The $20 discount on this fabulous workshop lasts only through Monday, so now’s the time to grab it if you want to know *everything* you can do with these amazing pencils.

Here’s the link:

http://www.cre8it.com/derwentinktense.html

 

11 thoughts on “Sorta-Like Flowers . . .

  1. Patricia

    So glad to see your post. I wanted to let everyone know how good your INKTENSE workshop is. I purchased it this month. I am working through the lessons – practice, practice. However I did read all the lessons. Each one sparks so many ideas even beyond your suggestions. There is a minimum of six months worth of adventure and fun. Anyone who loves the vibrancy of the pencils and enjoys exploring should grab the workshop quickly.

    I have the 24 pencil set and am wondering since you have all the pencils which is closest to Quinacridone Rose?

    Can’t wait to know what your five best art products are. I’m sure of four but keep debating the fifth.

  2. Diana in Texas

    You’re always successful when you follow your heart. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.
    I have been collecting quotes and sayings off the facebook posts for a while now. I make cards and I am not as creative as others. Here’s a real winner for me that I saw just this morning: “You have the choice to create the life your heart is yearning to live.” Posted by http://www.bravegirlsclub.com

  3. LynnInColorado

    Just got my big set of Inktense pencils. There is a Deep Rose and a Fuchsia that are close, but I’m a total beginner.

  4. jessica Post author

    It would depend on the brand of Quin Rose because brands differ even when the color name is the same.

    I did a little test with M. Graham Quin Rose because that is the one I have.
    Carmine Pink and Cherry are closest . . .

  5. Therese

    A garden is a friend you can visit any time!

    A little quote I have used. Do not know where it came from.

    Colour and white space works!
    Skills is a good teaching point.

    You are fortunate to be skilled enough to find what is out there not sufficient for your needs.
    Many will appreciate what you teach.

    Therese
    http://www.tmalakart.blogspot.ca

  6. jessica

    Thank you for the quotes by comment and email – so helpful.

    I just want to speak to one idea and that is being “fortunate” or “lucky” to have advanced skills.

    I think that concept gets in the way for people because, if you think talent is a gift given to only certain, fortunate individuals, it is easy to feel you are not among them.

    I am forever grateful for certain inborn gifts, the most important of which are an affinity for design and the ability to simplify complicated things and share them, but my skill set comes from 40+ years of very hard work. No gift, no luck. Just work.

    No shortcuts. No special luck.

    Just learn it and do it. And don’t quit.

  7. Jeanne from Austin

    jessica, you inspire me in many ways, such as changing things when they get too static. I collect quotations for cards or just for inspiration. I found one just for you, by Helen Hayes: If you rest, you rust. :-D

  8. Patricia

    Thank you Lynn and Jessica. And pictures, much appreciated as they always make everything clear.

    The two quotes I think of in relationship to flowers.

    “Bloom where you are planted.” Nancy Reader Campion

    “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” Iris Murdoch

    The vibrancy of Inktense pencils are such a good match for flowers. And I have some nice drawings from using another one of your workbooks Jessica, Drawing Simple Flowers.

    On to more fun . . .

  9. CC

    Love your soapbox! It’s very true!!! I have found a few classes that really helped me understand some basics. But I know what you mean!!! So it will be interesting to see how you do! If I find some flower/growth quotes I’ll LYK, but I bet you can google a bunch! Here’s one I just used on a card: “Earth laughs in flowers” by Emerson! Good luck with your new site! ♥

  10. Dora

    Jessica, I found a website that May interest you that has lots of quotes about flowers and gardening
    quotegarden.com
    I hope that you’ll find lots that you like.
    Dora

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