|Black and White, No Grey.|
I recently started piano lessons (well actually I'm a volunteer in a university project to see if learning piano will not only stave off brain rot but also improve one's cognitive powers! (here's hoping)) and the first thing I realise is that you do a LOT of practice and very few Performances. In quilt making, few people seem to want to practice. You wouldn't believe the resistance I get when I suggest - " make a sample of each of the different ways you could do this" or "I think you should do several different value sketches before you begin - practice trying different value patterns". And if I dare to suggest that one should NOT always be goal-oriented!! Well that's when I get the organizers taking me aside and whispering in my ear "get on with it! they want Something to Take Home"!!
I do it to myself too, of course. If my actions in the studio are not directed towards a specific outcome I feel very guilty...but in this last year I've begun to relax and allow myself time to explore and experiment. Let's see how many different color schemes I can put together - just for the fun of it!! I wonder if I tried a small experiment with just using line to depict figures, how would that work? Can I insert poetry into a piece, now what are the ways I could do that? Let yourself ask yourself these kinds of questions and I think you'll move forward into richer waters and deeper pastures. (Oh I love mixed metaphors, so much more engaging!).
I absolve you ahead of time for all those dinky little projects you won't do..while you're playing and experimenting. Learning is about trying, not necessarily completing; learning is about the journey and not the destination.
so - if you have been, thanks for reading!! And do write and tell us how you PLAY!! Elizabeth