For the Joy of Learning

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like we live in a culture that encourages us to pose as a "master" in our field, rather than celebrating the joy of learning. As a kid, I tried to be a know-it-all for a short period, but honestly it was b-o-r-i-n-g! As it turns out, life is much more full and exciting and inspiring when I'm learning new things. So, I decided to take a drawing class.

In-progress charcoal drawing; source image on the left. 

In-progress charcoal drawing; source image on the left. 

I don't really enjoy drawing - to me, painting is much more fun because it's more tactile and you can almost always correct your mistakes by moving around the paint. But, I also recognize that improving my drawing skills will make me a better painter. Plus, as Calvin's dad would say, doing stuff you don't like to do "builds character."

Luckily for me, a peer recommended taking classes with Sandy Jones (stratfordschool.com), who is fabulous! She actually makes drawing fun. I've really been enjoying myself. Not just the actual assignments and tutoring, but also being in a class with other artists and building community. We've started with charcoals, but stay tuned for some pastels soon. 

Finished charcoal

Finished charcoal

So, are you going to try and learn something new this month?