British war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously said:

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others." 

It often takes a lot of courage to be an artist - not necessarily to put pen to paper or brush to canvas, but certainly to show our art to others.

We can be courageous in the subject matter we choose to portray, the materials we choose to use, the amount of exposure we give our art...

It often takes courage to show our art to friends and family in the first instance, to exhibit our art, to approach others seeking to sell our art...

As you know, The Art Colony turns 1 year old this month. I see the site as a very courageous idea, and I find it so exciting that others have come on board and supported it.

So to celebrate "our" first birthday, I invite you to share one courageous thing that you have done this year in regard to your art.

This challenge is one of 30 that is being posted during the month of June 2012 in honor of The Art Colony's 1st birthday!! We'll be posting a new challenge each day. To view all the challenges, please visit this thread:http://community.art-is-fun.com/forum/topics/join-us-for-a-month-of...

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Meg, I know how you feel, putting something out there that you didn't really do a lot of work on.  My work tends to go that way, too.  The stuff I slap together in 30 minutes is more appreciated than the things that take hours.  This website, too, is absolutely wonderful!  I've built plenty, even my own, and I know the frustration and fears involved.  You have done a standup job and I applaud you for it!


As for me, I think the biggest fear I faced was painting a mural for the first time ever.  I hadn't been painting before then, and so many people were going to see this painting, and it was huge! (6x10 feet!)  When the question first came up, I was going to pass it off to an actual artist, but a friend of mine pushed me into doing it instead.  He and I did our own samples, and the restaurant owner picked mine.  4 days later, I had the painting finished, and now he wants me to paint some more!  I was so nervous the entire time, but it paid off.  Gave me some serious confidence, and more jobs, and now I'm not so terrified to try new things.

Hum, Courage...thats hard to come by to me in my new "artskin". Sometimes you just dont know. When i started out family just loved everything i did but it made me think...is it the art or just because they love me?? I started off just selling cards (way before i started to do any art) and i did ok. When i did my first oil ( Indian in gallery) i was scared to death. but i did it and gave it to my hubby for fathers day last year...he loved it. again, another family member. So my hubby (ever encouraging) said to me "you should try selling at craft shows" I about fell over. My first thought "what if no one buys?" and guess what?? not one item sold..I had handpainted birdhouses, ornaments and cards. So my husband said " lets give this one more try" so i did another show and walked away with $400 profit. I learned quickly that shows are so fickle and that i couldnt base my "talent" on that. Then i started adding acrylic and oil paintings to my shows...then i sold all of those...TO COMPLETE STRANGERS. I think thats when my courage started to appear. But little by little the more i try things the better i feel. I remember trying to make my first greeting card, i sat there with all my pretty new paper and supplies for a month..yes a month before i made one. Every time i try something new, a new technique, a new style a new medium i get more and more comfortable. My goal is to have an art show somewhere, somehow.

I experimented with texture in crazy new ways.I just piled on paint with brushes and palette knives. I scraped, added sand resins, built ridges with texture gel. All in bright almost gaudy colours. Had the most fun doing it. And guess what? People loved those paintings. I'm on my way now to the restaurant/gallery where my show is to substitute another painting for one that's sold and being shipped to New Brunswick.

Courage:  Sometimes just being in public takes courage for me.  Being in my 50's and taking a step to do something fun for myself without feeling guilty took courage.  The first time I drew something and it had to be critiqued in front of the class, continually stepping out of my comfort zone each time I try a new medium, joining The Art Colony thinking my art would just be laughed at...or not allowed to join because it wasn't good enough.  It has taken a lot of courage for me to take each of these steps.  I am glad I did, I'm glad I was allowed to be a part of TAC and that noone has laughed at my attempts at something new and fun.  :)  Thank You!

Hi all, Alice Sawicki from Northern Ontario, I am replying to "Courageous" thing I have done this year.

I have been painting for quite a few years and I have had numerous solo and group exhibitions but this year I am taking the plunge; I have decided to have a touring exhibition and to date I have 8 confirmed bookings. Man there is a lot to think about doing that to make sure you don't double book and prepare your own advertisement, plan for opening receptions, invites, cut my own mats, frame my own work and somewhere in all that create the work for the exhibition. Wow, tired just writing about it. My show will be all New Works and I titled it "Remember When". My first one is opening in August in Englehart Ontario and I am getting a bit nervous about it all. Pretty big step for me. I decided not to bother with Grant assistance another brave step, it is all coming out of my own pocket. (my pension monies) I also thought perhaps to look for Sponsors to help out but I decided it is touch enough for folks to get by as it is why bother them with my money problems. Besides it is my dream and so to date I have twenty some pieces ready.

I have added a few samples, perhaps you could let me know your thoughts. Any ways, before I write a book, that is my courageous thing I am doing. Have a great summer and keep those brushes wet and flying.

Thank you Meg for all your kind words.  And yes I found the class critiques very encouraging.  Adult classes don't seem to be critical like school kids.  With every wrong I learned a right and was encouraged in all the things I did correctly also.  Sometimes in being courageous we have to brake the mold our parents help to mold us with.  My dad was "always prepare for your future and work...no time to play" type person.  He was a wonderful father...I don't mean any bad and I am proud he taught me all I know.  But I believe health issues wouldn't be so bad if a form of stress release was ever taught too.   
 
Meg Mackenzie said:

Gosh, Rose, I am so glad that The Art Colony has been part of your courageous art actions this year! I know the feeling about feeling guilty doing something for oneself. Luckily I don't feel that way too often, because I have a very supportive husband who values the happy calm place that is created when I make art or do other things that make me happy. And I have learnt that there is a time for doing dishes or housework and a time for making art or "playing" in my garden. But it wasn't an easy barrier to break through. 

It really sounds like you are breaking through that barrier, though. Having one's art critiqued in front of a class can indeed by very confronting. I am so pleased that you were brave enough to stand it - it can be incredibly rewarding! Did you learn a lot from the process?

And I am genuinely pleased that you felt the courage to share your artwork on The Art Colony. As you have experienced, we're a friendly and sharing bunch. Not only has no-one laughed at your art (we're not like that here), but I see that people have made some genuine comments about your artworks. I am so delighted that your courage has led you along this path. And thank you so much for sharing your courageous art story here. I am really so inspired to hear how you have come to be with us!

Rose Harrell said:

Courage:  Sometimes just being in public takes courage for me.  Being in my 50's and taking a step to do something fun for myself without feeling guilty took courage.  The first time I drew something and it had to be critiqued in front of the class, continually stepping out of my comfort zone each time I try a new medium, joining The Art Colony thinking my art would just be laughed at...or not allowed to join because it wasn't good enough.  It has taken a lot of courage for me to take each of these steps.  I am glad I did, I'm glad I was allowed to be a part of TAC and that noone has laughed at my attempts at something new and fun.  :)  Thank You!

Oh gosh, hope this is the correct place to reply. When I first started this way back when I found myself getting confused as to where to apply things and simply did not bother to go back and life also got in the way with this tour I did.

First let me apologize for not keeping up with discussion, Here it is Oct 8, 2014 and I am going the Art Colony site and here I had completely forgot that I had entered this info on my Tour and cannot believe it has been this long since I wrote this. I did enjoy the newsletter and seeing everyone's work. And here I am again trying to figure out how to get info on and still not sure. I wanted to let you know about the tour and all that I learned from it and try to add an image for the abstract of the month.  So before I write about the tour I thought I would send this first and you could let me know if I am in the correct place and where to add abstract image if I am still allowed to do so since I have been away so long. Again my apologize to all.

Alice



Alice Y. Seguin Sawicki said:

Hi all, Alice Sawicki from Northern Ontario, I am replying to "Courageous" thing I have done this year.

I have been painting for quite a few years and I have had numerous solo and group exhibitions but this year I am taking the plunge; I have decided to have a touring exhibition and to date I have 8 confirmed bookings. Man there is a lot to think about doing that to make sure you don't double book and prepare your own advertisement, plan for opening receptions, invites, cut my own mats, frame my own work and somewhere in all that create the work for the exhibition. Wow, tired just writing about it. My show will be all New Works and I titled it "Remember When". My first one is opening in August in Englehart Ontario and I am getting a bit nervous about it all. Pretty big step for me. I decided not to bother with Grant assistance another brave step, it is all coming out of my own pocket. (my pension monies) I also thought perhaps to look for Sponsors to help out but I decided it is touch enough for folks to get by as it is why bother them with my money problems. Besides it is my dream and so to date I have twenty some pieces ready.

I have added a few samples, perhaps you could let me know your thoughts. Any ways, before I write a book, that is my courageous thing I am doing. Have a great summer and keep those brushes wet and flying.

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