Being asked to do an art demonstration, live, in front of a group of talented, creative individuals is always a little nerve wracking. I am honored to be asked, but, boy …. I do rev up in the preparation state. Ask my husband and loyal supporter, I am a little testy for a few days before. And, because I want it to be a full experience, I do pack heavy for my demonstrations, thanks, Ken for being my schleper!
Recently I was invited to the Norwood and Canton Art Associations to provide a pastel demo for their membership. The audiences were attentive, curious, appreciative and gracious, a public thank you to all who attended.
Part of my personal grow as an artist is to put myself out there, doing things that are not always comfortable, but make me reach higher and dig deeper. As I expand my work to include mixed media, I find myself in the “discovery stage” more often, which is exciting. At this point in my art journey, I appreciate opportunities to go beyond what I know, try new techniques and have some fun. Hoping to refine the mixed medium process so that I can share this with audiences in the future.
For these recent demonstrations my method was to show examples of working across various mediums, while using one original photo reference strictly as a starting point for basic composition, design and inspiration. The goal was to share process and tips that attendees could apply to their personal art process through an open and active dialogue. I hope each artist went away with something of value from the time spent, I certainly learn something every time I put myself out there. Thank you.
First set of photos from the Norwood Demo and Second from the Canton Demo.