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Learning while I’m not at school

It’s kind of nice every once in a while to learn at your leisure. Of course, it’s not always as effective as learning in a classroom environment– with teachers, course materials, and school assignments and all, but at least it’s less expensive. And we have the resources to do it, like the internet and public library. I have an advantage, because my enrollment in BYU-I allows me to access their online library, which links me to databases where I can watch videos and documentaries and such, which I like having because then I can do artwork while I learn. Our world today with ready access to tons of information is a blessing for a curious mind, and I am grateful. Of course, there’s the matter of sorting the good information from the junk, but once it’s sorted, there’s a lot you can still work with and benefit from.

I hope to create some more wonderful art. I’ve gotten started with a project that I think will end up looking better than my last one. It takes place in a forrest, an environment I’m reasonably comfortable with. And again I get to experience that curious sensation when you look at color spread across a once blank page. It’s so hard to describe that feeling. That’s one of the reasons why I keep doing art, to feel that strange sensation. Another reason is because I’m terrified that if I don’t keep doing it, I’m going to lose that talent that I’ve spent all those years developing. I can’t bear to think of all that time being wasted. Finally, there is the curiosity. I’m curious to know what I could do with my artwork if I just kept doing it, and maybe got to be really good at it.

 

Acknowledgement :)

Well, I feel like a bit of a nerd. Mostly because yesterday, I found a video on Youtube that I had been looking for. It was actually shown to me in my English class last year, and I really liked it. Sombody named Sir Ken Robinson talking about education and creativity. These are two things I can get fairly enthusiastic about, so it was nice to be able to watch it again. And then, just because technology is so amazing, I could look at other videos of him giving lectures or speeches or whatever you would like to call them. I also found some videos of other intelligent people talking about things like creativity and motivation and other such stuff. It was really great.  So that was wonderful, I could just listen to all of it, learn a few things, and it made me want to do things, you know.

One of the things that was nice to hear from Sir Ken Robinson was that he was talking about was how everybody is deeply talented and talented in a unique way. But people don’t know their talents, some aren’t even aware that they had any- and to the degree that they don’t know their talents they can’t develop them. His point was that this is a problem, and the educational system isn’t doing anything to help when it can. But for me it was just nice to hear… acknowledgement I guess. Because I’ve been struggling with knowing what my talents are (yes, art- but other than that as well) and what I’m supposed to do with them and how I’m supposed to develop them, and it’s nice to know that somebody is aware of this difficulty and treats it like it really is a problem. So because of that, I’m more eager to explore my possibilities and creative potential, find out what I can do.

I’m actually wondering if I’m kind of in the mood for watercolor. I’d have to do some cleaning up if I want to do that. Collect all of my scattered colored pencils and all that. There is no longer an urgency to do calendar images, though I’m fine with coming up with ideas for those as well. I’ll see what I can do.

Oh yeah, and I need to make bananna bread.

And now, for the sake of color, another picture from our Thanskgiving Hike. That’s my parents in the distance there. They weren’t posing or anything, I just snuck a picture of them.

Okay, following up what I was saying earlier. I have made the bananna bread. I’ve also worked a little bit with my watercolors, mostly just playing around with them, seeing what I could do before planning out an actual image. What I’ve discovered, or rediscovered, is that watercolors are really great for backgrounds. Like one of my images is a really nice salt-glazed… atmosphere? it isn’t really anthing but color and texture. So I’m sitting here going “…. this is pretty, but what am I going to do with it. It needs something on top, something for the foreground.” Two difficulties arise with this. One is I don’t know what is to go on the foreground, the other is I’m worried I’ll ruin what I’ve done before. That second one is particularly one I encounter in this sort of hobby, but I’ll have to move past it eventually.