That Time of Year

I love this time of year! When I was a kid I loved the idea of going back to school in September after a long summer break. Note that I said I loved the idea of going back to school. Come November, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t loving it all that much! Actually, if I’m being totally honest here, it’s really the back to school SHOPPING that I love. Last week I was picking up some ink for my printer at Staples and there they were – the kids and their moms and their shopping lists – SHOPPING for school supplies. How I longed for those by-gone days! For me, going back to school in the fall and back to school shopping has always symbolized fresh starts and new beginnings. Well, fresh starts and new beginnings aren’t only for kids. I bought myself a fresh new notebook for my art journaling (along with a bunch of very necessary “school supplies”), and once back home, I made some plans for what I was going to study this coming year. At the top of my list is COLOR. I’m going to be studying the Munsell Color Wheel with the goal of working more effectively with color schemes in my paintings. Because color depends so much on value, I’m also going to focus on more creative value patterns as well. And because great value patterns are so dependent on a fabulous composition of shapes, I’m going to focus on stronger compositions too. Hmmmmm, inventive color combinations, creative values, and strong shape compositions – what else is there?

One of the ways I keep myself “forever a student” is to create a learning project for myself once or twice a year. Lately my projects seem to all revolve around composition and design. How about you? What are you going to be studying this year? If you’re looking for some ideas, check out my series of posts on “deliberate practice” and “mapping a personal journey – heading in the right direction.” on the right. PS: I am in the process of updating and remodeling this blog, so if you click on any of the topics and “Not Found” appears, simply type in “deliberate practice” or “heading in the right direction” in the box that is provided and click “Search.”

Happy Painting!

4 thoughts on “That Time of Year

  1. Ruth Armitage

    Hi Donna,
    I always have a similar urge around this time of year. Now that my kids are out of school, I’m focusing on my own ‘school supplies’ by getting my office organized. (Not an easy task) In my art I am focusing on more expressive line! Thanks for the inspiration….

    1. Donna Post author

      Expressive line! Love it! I’ve been reading Arthur Wesley Dow’s take on line in his classic book, Composition (Dow was one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s teachers). His ideas parallel the oriental approach to line, using ink and brush and lyricism. That approach is something I’d like to experiment with in the future as well. Thanks for writing, Ruth!

  2. Ruth Armitage

    Ooo, thanks for the book recommendation! I think I have that book, and will look up the line section 🙂 I so enjoy your blog posts. There is always something thought provoking here.

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