Spring Break

This week we have a break in CVP and I have to say I feel like I really need it. 

Judging by the comments on social media I haven’t felt as overwhelmed as some of the other participants. All the same, keeping up the pace of tutorials, group & coaching calls and painting practice has been a bit of challenge.  Especially fitting in around a full time job.  In fact I do wonder whether those who are working are sometimes better placed than those who aren’t. I’m a lot more organised and structured painting through the week than weekends when I have more time. What’s the saying? “The less you have to do, the less time you find to do it” or something like that.

Bizarrely, it has made me appreciate the lockdown. Without these weird times we find ourselves living through I’m sure I would have fallen way behind. Partly because of having to split my week between being at home and being in Birmingham. But also its amazing how long the weekend is when you don’t have plans to do things or meet people.

Progress So Far

Still no finished paintings to share but I am making some good progress on my practice boards.   I have a couple of boards I’m happy with so I’ll be putting those to one side, while I focus on the others.

A few really aren’t working for me at the moment. I’m going to take some time to try something new on these ones….

Then I have some that are sitting in the middle. Some may just need a bit of tweaking. Others might need quite a bit of work. But I know where I think I’m going. And some I may hang on to as they are: more as a reference for technique and learning. The treasure hunt one (the one with the cross) fits that brief. I’m not sure I like it, but love that it is showcasing glazing.

Learning from Others

What I have absolutely loved is seeing everyone else’s work.  It’s amazing that we’re all set the same exercises yet the finished paintings are so completely different.  You often see these online courses that are aimed at discovering your visual style. Yet when you look at what people produce, you realise they already have a strong style.  We all do, its just hard to see in our own work. I struggle to reconcile some of my looser paintings and those with more defined shapes, but I’m now starting to see a common thread.

So here’s to a week with some time for reflection and rest!

Published by Rag Tag Magpie

Let me introduce myself, my name is Nic and I love to spend my free time drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, in fact trying anything that lets me experiment and explore my creativity. My love of all things arty started when I was a child, my dad was a printer so there was always lots of paper in the house and things took off from there. I stopped drawing when I went to university and didn’t feel I had time when my career took over but rediscovered my love of all things creative about 5 years ago and I haven’t looked back. Since then I’ve taken life drawing classes and started painting again and then a couple of years ago I took an evening class in pottery. This re-sparked my passion for trying new things. My husband and I set Rag Tag Magpie up to share ideas and inspiration with like minded souls. Our mission is to get people to do something that makes them happy. THIS BLOG IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT SOME INSPIRATION AND TO BE PART OF A COMMUNITY OF CREATIVES – AFTER ALL A CREATIVE MESS IS BETTER THAN IDLE TIDINESS!

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