Shoshin means "beginner's mind:" having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. There are specific techniques for cultivating it, including discarding fear of failure, and embracing falling down, as well as getting back up.
I tried to keep these principles in mind on Saturday, when I attended a wonderful day long class taught by Nathalie Kalbach and Julie Balzer at The Ink Pad. (Thank you Nathalie for letting me use some of your pictures. I was paying such close attention that I didn't take many of my own!)
Julie and Nat had us use the same supplies, but they taught very different approaches to collage. Nathalie's approach was in my comfort zone - having a recognizable focus point and using collage to help tell a story. Here's what I made. Although I expect to do more with it, I already like it...
Jane Davies in a few weeks - she's also an abstract artist and I definitely need more work in this area! Plus, I'll be there with my bud - Judy Shea - so no matter what, it will be a blast!
Here's the whole group with their pieces. It was a big class, and Julie and Nat were great about getting around to everyone and sharing so generously. I loved watching them work separately and together - and especially enjoyed seeing the respect and affection they showed each other. Plus, the two of them are pretty funny so we all had a lot of laughs!
Julie and Nat are great teachers - individually and together, and I look forward to taking more classes with them. In fact, I definitely plan to take Nat's class on June 8th at The Ink Pad to hone my knowledge about acrylics:
How about you? What classes are making your heart sing these days?
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