Wednesday, October 28, 2009
During my Master's program in at Maryland Institute College of Art, I was also an Americorps member. As part of the program, Students are placed in various Community Organizations ( I was at the JCC of Baltimore) and serve those organizations through Americorps while taking classes pertaining to Community Arts. Anyway, as part of Americorps, once your year of service is done, you receive and Educational stipend that you can use to take classes at any accredited University. I am finally cashing those bad boys in and taking a painting class at Front Range Community College. During my time at MICA and NCSU College of Design, I never got a chance to take a painting class. I was always wait listed and never got around to it. Anyway, I am loving the process of painting. It is so different from weaving and sculpture, so immediate. I feel a bit like I am cheating on my chosen art form of Fiber, but reading Joanne Mattera's Artblog has made me realize that perhaps I have been cornering myself by referring to myself as a Fiber-artist. Defining yourself as an" Artist" only frees your mind to any possibility and avenue. It is an interesting journey. Here is a photo of a painting I did for class, a Self-Portrait. Acrylic on canvas with silver leaf. Let me know what you think!