The Possibilities

The Possibilities a post of content. depth. heart. A 2 minute read.

 

stripped bare

weeping,

nevermore.

the dark winds

pass.

my own light

rises.

my own voice

sings.

my own thoughts

shatter the prison doors

they  thought would hold me.

 

 

 

 

An artist held in the grip of the crowd, the popular trends,  will forever be shackled and the Possibilities within them… imprisoned.

 

 

 

Possibilities of the Artist

The Possibilities that exist for an artist are amazing, I think.

 

But we can’t be compelled or shamed to paint or think or behave in just one way, for someone else’s convenience.

Compulsion never works as an effective method of control.   As a dog, cat and horse trainer…. this has occurred to me. once or twice.

 

 

As artists, we must be free.

It is in freedom we have the access to The Possibilities.

We must have the liberty to rebel against those who tell us what to paint, how to paint, how to express our voice, when to smile and how often to do so.

Those people might be friends, neighbors, relatives, elders,  board members, gallery owners. I’ve seen it all.

 

 

The Environment of Freedom of Choice

My students are given wide latitude and open ended possibilities.

To imagine. To create. to go dark, to go light, to compose, to design wild and weird things.

 

 

In a session there are some guidelines, I throw out some ideas as Springboards.

But every session I advocate enthusiastically-  that they think,  for themselves.

I don’t want them to just take my word, as gospel.

 

 

I want them to question me.  

To ask why. To research and find more sources of information than merely …me.

I want the students to create their own story. To use their own words.  To smile when they feel like it.

I will not dictate nor pressure them to just paint some nice pretty flowers.

 

 

 

Inspiring 

What if, one of these students is the next  Escher?  Monet?  Rothko? Picasso? Grandma Moses?

How do I know if one of these might go on to be a teacher?  Or inspire  a new Monet?!   I don’t.

 

As their guide,  I need to encourage their unique Possibilities. Their creative artistic communications.

 

 

Not squelch what I dislike because it sort of,  makes me a bit uncomfortable.  

Am I teaching to make myself comfortable, or to help young artists grow?    

 

I don’t want to turn out a class of ‘Stepford Wives,’ just because that art makes me, feel better.

“Art is Life, Life is Art.”    how true.

 

 

 

Artworks

All of these resulted from an open ended approach  to the course. The images were surprising, delightful, mysterious.

Full of that individual’s  character. Their unique voice shines through.  There were no ‘copies’ of the teacher’s work.  It was all 100% their own.

They sang with their own voices, the most lovely songs.

Some dark. Some light. Some random lines.  Just  Lovely.

 

debiriley.com art classes at Atwell Gallery
Unexpected Delight, Vicki’s printmaking possibilities

 

Klee Inspired student work, debiriley.com
music and Klee inspired – student’s work

 

 

art possibilities, Atwell Gallery classes, debiriley.com
creative possibilities, Tony’s art

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 comments

    • yes, it will go away. for awhile, anyway – til its ‘safe’ to come out once again. thank you Cattie, for your time today, for reading and for your visit. I appreciate it. cheers, Debi

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    • Miss Margaret thank you my river friend! you know where I’m coming from.
      I needed to say this today. So many are pushing and prodding, to “do this, say that, do it THIS way” … I needed to explain. How it feels when others try to compel in some fashion, the behaviour they like.
      Thank you again M. 🙂

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    • The late Fall of Pacific NW, yes its dark there! But, the bright side is with Christmas coming, the Lights and decorations will soon brighten the gloom. I DO miss that aspect, full on Christmas spirit decorations everywhere! perhaps you will share photos. 🙂 Thank you once again, for such kind words of encouragement Andrew. Have a lovely week.

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