Sunday, September 25, 2011
I hope what she really meant was that SAQA is composed of two levels, Professional Artist Members and the regular crew. Needless to say, I'm part of the regular crew and joined in part because I aspire to become better. While I don't think there are enough days left for me to be a professional artist, in my heart of hearts, that's what I'd like. However, I don't like being called a "dabbler."
These ducks, Mallards, are of a variety which are called "dabblers" as they float on the surface eating weeds and bugs and what they can get shallowly rather than being one of the diving ducks who dive with the purpose to grab a fish on the fly. You can see, when you're a dabbler, you expose your backside.
I also don't think that participating in challenges which use a particular technique or material makes you a dabbler...someone not serious and driven to dive deep after that fish. I usually participate in those types of challenges because I had been mulling over an idea which used either that technique or that material....and I think challenges drive you to produce...there's a deadline...which for me is always a good thing.
I don't think that there is anything wrong in experimentation with materials which may not be our norm. We might indeed find that there is something which can really fit our vision or skills and they become incorporated into our tool box. Or we may find that it just isn't for us. Sometimes I think intellectually that I don't like something and by trying it out...I find I'm wrong...often just as much as I find I'm right.
I don't see, however, where it is right to disparage either group...the divers or the dabblers. Sometimes I get a bit grumpy about how people are reluctant to have their work critiqued, but that's because I see it as a vehicle to becoming better at what I do. I do recognize that it is MY prejudice, and MY disappointment that I can't readily find a local group who is interested in critique. But these are my issues and they shouldn't be projected on anyone else.
The "realism" viewpoint is a horse I'm going to flog in another blog post. Stay tuned. Or not. :)