Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Importance of "Community" in Art

Yesterday I was able to again  travel to Arlington to paint with friends.  I started thinking how important community is to the art world.  These artists are at different levels in their work, paint with various mediums and for very different reasons.  Yet, we all enjoy seeing what the other person is doing and try to answer questions when someone is having a problem.  This is how we learn and grow in what we do.  When I paint, I use oils.  Several in our group use watercolors, and the growth I have seen over the last few years is amazing.  If we weren't getting together to work, some people probably wouldn't do a lot of painting.  When we have a certain place and time to paint, plus the excitement of seeing what the others have done in the past month, we are more likely to get out there and do something.

There were seven people painting yesterday, including the daughter of one of our group.  She is about seven years old and what she does is beyond her years.  Yesterday she was making little books with drawings and words - I think she is taking after her grandmother who was also in attendance and working on children's books for her grandchildren.  Her mother does beautifully detailed drawings in graphite, and was working on roses.  I didn't get my camera out in time to get pictures of all.  Maybe some other time.

We always eat way too much, as everyone brings something along for a pot luck lunch.  If any of you are interested in joining the group, please contact me.

Shari Haufschild working on her
 children's book               
Doc Bommersbach doing watercolor
Lois Anderson with watercolor

          The beginnings of a stormy sky


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