Friday, 13 December 2013

Doodly Do.

A ramble of sorts:

I have a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art.
Which I find it hard to believe.  Especially since I don't seem to be particularly skillful in any Fine Art area.  I can't draw that well.   I don't know how to use oil paints properly.  I never did a life drawing class.
I wish I did.
I was hoping that I would learn those things and more on the course. I did get to do modules in Photography and that was great.  Except that you were limited to how much specialising you could do.
Wah, wah, wah.
I know.
But I was pretty disappointed in that course.  It was all about getting in touch with your feelings.  Being controversial.  Being shocking.

"Installation" was the favoured word.
You were not really allowed to do a painting and class that as "work" unless you maybe stuck it in an otherwise empty room and rolled around on the floor with it, claiming that it meant something deep and crazy.

There were times when we spent whole hours talking about everyones' feelings.

I was already in tune with my feelings and I was pretty sure they didn't want to hear what I was actually feeling at that time.
Another time, we had to pretend to be animals. REALLY pretend to be animals. And think about why we were acting that animal out in the way we were.  Perhaps we were too intimidated?
Did I make a mistake and put myself in drama lessons?

I did become skilled in the art of Bulldoodoo.
"Because I felt like it" was never going to pass, so I learnt to steer towards made up emotional mumbo- jumbo. Dark and sinister, twisted and disturbed was lapped up.


But now, I have been doing some "un-learning".
I am trying to get rid of the guilt of creating something just for the sake of it.
Just. Because.

I kind of covered this here: Our Pointless Hama Bead Bowls
But I need constant reminding to not care so much about the point when it brings such peace, relaxation and fun.

 So I have been joining in more creating with the kids.  If they are doing something, I try to make sure that I stop and actually do it too. Rather than just preparing an activity.

I don't actually know who that lady is. Because she looks nothing like the person I was trying to draw!

For me, it doesn't even matter if I make something that doesn't look good, or have a purpose.  
It even can go in the recycling bin afterwards.

There is just something fulfilling about the creating process.

I recently witnessed this interesting effect in children while they were creating.

I thought this hot stone/melted crayon activity would provide them with something to do with their hands, while they chatted away.
But as soon as the crayons started melting; the silence fell heavy.

Everyone was just entranced and lost in their own thoughts.
Although I was too, I was also busy supervising and trying to make sure they snapped out of the trance before the crayons got too small and they burned their little fingers.
I was also in awe of the calming effect that it had on them.
The idea for a pattern was lost as the enjoyment for melting took over and then end products were mostly layers of mixed melted crayons.
In fact there was only an "end product" for time constraints.
Otherwise I am sure this would have carried on until the rocks cooled.

I guess that we all need a little down time, and that sometimes, it's hard to allow ourselves to stop.
But when melting crayons is an option, I think it's hard not to delve in!

(Another thing that I have been doing more is making sure that "the good stuff" is out to be used.  We use card, watercolour papers, the good watercolours, the charcoal pencils, Crayola crayons all bought on offers or cheaply at The Works. I find certain papers bought in bulk for schools, uninspiring.  Even if the art work turns out not-so-nice, you have treated that time you spent on it with care. The effects are more likely to be satisfying than a flimsy piece of grey, washed out paper.  Babies with a softer grip can make marks appear from crayons when used on textured watercolour paper, whereas the colour won't show on normal paper.  Treat their work and your own like it's special.  And the moment will be all the more gratifying.  You know, like how you there is a dress code for certain restaurants? If you dress like you are special, then you will be more likely to feel special.  If you provide special materials for everyone to use, they may feel more valued.)

On this note- we will be giving a child an art set for Christmas this year: Art Set
I saw this idea here: at Tales of a Twin Mum Charity Presents for Children Check it out; there are many more lovely ideas on there.


  1. Lovely. I studied Fine Art too - it's bonkers!

  2. Gorgeous - you are a dark horse. Maybe I'll start calling you Black Beauty... so much more flattering than 'My Little Pony' I think ;)

    Totally agree with you about the creative process being totally enjoyable and immersing x

    PS. Skillz!


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