Thursday, November 30, 2017

Education

I always emphasize the importance of continuous learning in life, and Mark Twain's quote "Don't let education get in the way of your learning" comes to mind when I utter the word "education". I believe that if one is into science and engineering, that person has to go through a period of hard working, grueling study years that can only be obtained through rigorous process of taking classes on undergraduate and graduate level at the University. There is no way to learn that level of math and engineering knowledge on one's own, unless you are of course a genius (but realistically, how many geniuses are really out there?). I went through the educational grind and worked many years as an engineer on creative projects, and was able to do this because of the sound understanding of underlying math and science behind the experimental work in the lab.

As an artist, I find myself somewhat repulsed by formal education. There are many reasons for this and I will explain in other posts. However, I am always looking for ways to learn - about myself, about my process, about how to convey the messages and stories from my head onto the canvas.

I closed my 10 year old FB account and stayed off for 6 months. Then I realized I missed interactions with my friends and other artists. I made another FB account recently and kept a low profile, and something amazing happened. All of a sudden FB introduced me to artists that I have never seen before (and I had thousands of "friends" before), and one of them was taking a class from http://www.ardithgoodwin.com/. I signed up for the class and after only two weeks of class I feel that I have grown so much as an artist! I highly recommend Ardith's class - it is a year long class, and I already feel like the fee for the class was well worth it after only 2 weeks! I cannot wait to see how things develop during the next year!

One of the things we did is to look for unexpected images in our surroundings. I took this picture in Edmonton - it was a short moment when all the geese were lined up like that.


Being at the right place at the right time is important, but it is just as important to know where to look, and how to look at things.

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