24" x 30", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Catherine Farquhar
Frida Kahlo wisely stated that we should never to get attached to our plans. Anyone who has ever made a piece of art or understands the quirks of life can relate.
"Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”
For an artist, this means that every new experience gives you another perspective or outlook. The information we receive through our senses is internalized and comes out transformed onto canvas or in print. Sometimes our creations are surprising and they may seem random to an outsider. As artists, our visual styles evolve and can change like the wind. Embrace this and run with it. Express how you feel and how you interpret your surroundings. Have the confidence to acknowledge your voice and create your art with love. Love that allows you to speak your truth through art and love yourself enough to make time to create and express your unique story.
I often hear people say they're scared or intimidated the first time they come into the studio to make a work of art. Too many focus on the end product and they lose sight that the process is the most important part. The process is where growth and confidence evolve. Here is where true creativity happens. I can define being creative as solving problems in a new way, finding different avenues to reach your destination and changing your perspective. Every day life forces us to be creative and to find the best ways to make changes and in turn grow. So then doesn’t everyone know how to be creative? Making art is one way to creatively question and take chances which you may not attempt to do in your everyday life because the risk factors are too high. It’s scary and there’s judgment. In the studio, the environment is safe and the success of your creative art making process is determined by pre set goals. Being able to confidently state and explain how you achieved your goal in the creative process is an invaluable lesson learned no matter how big or small. Personal growth and building confidence through creative art making in the studio carries forward with you into other aspects of your life. This is how the process of art making in our studio allows you to build confidence one brush stroke at a time.