Respect Art Notes
Respect for the art of others and your own fragile work is an important part of good mental health for artists. It took me a long time to understand that I didn’t have to paint like anyone else or be as good as anyone else. I also learned that I don’t have to judge anyone else’s work. That is very hard. All artists, like everyone else, have opinions on what we consider as good art or bad. We can’t help it. We have built in biases about art, based on our primitive brain,cultural history, and our training as young artists. We also have color biases built in. I am a warm biased painter. If you come to my studio, (Please do!) you will see many more warm palette paintings than cool. I also like a high contrast value scheme for most of my work. I am not a tonalist or a mid tone painter. I simply can’t do those styles well.
I don’t have to do abstract, hyper-realism, watercolor or many of the other styles and mediums I don’t do well. I do need to respect and admire the skill it takes to do all of those mediums and styles. I do need to be happy for the success for all of the painters who do outstanding work. I do need to respect the work of poor and mediocre level painters a well. I do poor and mediocre work frequently because I am a student of painting. I am trying to learn new technique and subjects I’m not trained for.
Accepting the poor attempts of others and myself who are learning, frees me from meanness of mind. Accepting the reality that there are painters who are far superior to me in every medium and style helps me to avoid the green monster envy and competitiveness of one upsmanship.
There is one sincere wish I have for myself and all other artists. I wish that no artist or student of art would ever feel inferior to other artists. I wish that no artist would feel shunned by their own community of artists. I wish that no artist would ever be afraid to go to an art class because they feel their work is no good enough. If you are in a class and feel ashamed of your paintings, talk to your teacher and get reassurance of your worth to be there. No good art teacher would make you feel foolish to be an artist. The opportunity to paint with friends is a rare and wonderful experience. Believe me. All of us are students and in need of practice and more work. Your teacher is too if he/she is honest. Don’t waste a moment of joy be lost because you fear the quality of your skill. Painting is so hard that I will never learn enough to be a master. Most painters wont. That is the secret to the joy of painting, knowing there is more to learn.
Give yourself and others the respect they deserve for doing something that most people will never try.
More musings for artists and collectors to come…..
Easy Chicken Bake From my sister Dale McClellan.
One large jar of chipped dried beef
5 or 6 boneless chicken breast (skinless)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
Equal container of sour cream
1 1/2 to 2 cups of spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 large can of dried oriental noodles
Mix sour cream and cream of chicken soup together and set aside.
Layer torn pieced of chipped beef in bottom of casserole dish. Next layer spinach then chicken. Pour all of sour cream and soup mix evenly over entire top of chicken. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Spread dried noodles over top and bake another 5 minutes or until noodles are slightly browned.