Shelley, Libby, and Ilene paint together in Doylestown, PA on Thursdays. This week they decided to “go to the beach” by doing the assignment from Weekly Art Lesson#4 . (all previous lessons are available in the archives for your continued use).
They painted together for about three hours and then emailed their “works in progress”.
They call themselves Broads with Brushes, and I suspect that they have a very good time together!
While it is often both necessary and desired to paint in isolation, there are solid reasons to paint with others. The important thing is to find a balance that works for you!
Some reasons to occasionally get together to work with others:
- If you have been doing art for a long time but find your enthusiasm lagging, get an art buddy.
- If you’re inspired and working regularly in your own studio, getting together on a schedule with other artists may help to prevent too much isolation (which, even if we prefer it, can make us a bit strange over the long haul).
- If you are new to art and need encouragement to get started or to set aside the time to practice, find an art buddy.
- You want feedback / ideas – some groups are set up just for this.
Would you benefit from a regular time doing art with other people? Art groups exist in almost every town. Join a group or form your own with a friend. Take (or teach) a class if you need to meet other artists. If you are stalled for any reason, working with others can give you a jump start.
Stay alert to what will be the most stimulating to your creative process, and realize that you probably need both to be in balance.
You and your art are the reason this site exists! Keep emailing the art that it inspires you to create. A big BRAVO to the Broads with Brushes!
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