Leisure Artists

Leisure Artist in the Great Game

“Everyone is an artist,” said my father in his atelier. “Everyone is capable of being deeply moved when they view things felt. The art of projecting your feelings into paintings lies in things felt. Express your innermost feelings and the art will move deeply.”

Such ideas come from my days as a student and they are pertinent today. We turn to art for a pick-me-up in delight and wonder.

Art is a made thing. The urge to make it exists within each one of us.

Making art is easier today because creative materials are very accessible. Go get them and call yourself an artist. You can do so too if you want.

To gain the upper hand in the making of art you may use many methods.

You might choose to go to schools that teach art.

Sometimes an atelier with its resident artist will take students and you might become one too.

Art books can get you started, and the Internet bursts with material to steer you down creative pathways.

There is advice from gurus and geniuses and art agony aunts-n-dudes.

When searching the world for material it will obligingly overload your enquiry and curiosity.

The sensation of being overwhelmed by all that art opinion is normal.

Suddenly it’s time to have a break and mull over your excessive exposure to art information.

While you are in a creative recess may I suggest that you reflect on the option of leisure?

Art leisure is so much better than art competitiveness.

In my experience craving money will stifle your creative swagger for learning. Turning a trick to gain wealth stops your depth of feeling. A love of mammon duds the inspiration delivery.

Once you do art well your leisurely inclinations may go to great heights of professionalism. It really is your call, but I urge a solid training schedule in laying down the foundation blocks first.

Art catches our breath and it’s for sharing. Learn and thrive, and evocative responses in appreciation will come to you.

In my atelier I show how to do things. These ways are built upon 150 years of linage beginning with the studios of Anton Mauve and Jacob Maris of the 1870s.

Impressionism styles resonate, resolving creative methodologies that are building blocks to new ideas. Follow trends that lead to the First World War and then eventually into our time of Postmodernism. It’s a good feeling to be modern with sound knowledge of why it feels good.

©Pieter Zaadstra 2014/15 – Introduction to teaching session for advanced participants

Swan Point view over Tamar

Swan Point view over Tamar

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