If you haven’t read the beginning of this story, it’s here.
In the fall of 2012 (2 years after the situation described in the last post) I found a person who broke that I-m-not-an-artist barrier in my head, got me creating and believing in myself. The funniest thing about it – I have never met this guy in person, believe it or not. The power of the Internet!
I don’t remember how I came across his video lesson, but it was very inspiring and I decided to try. Here is what came out of it:
I was blown away and bought a couple more lessons and seminars. Oh, by the way, his name is Igor Saharov – he is from Crimea, but currently lives in Moscow and considers himself Russian (that bit might seem political, but it isn’t). The way he speaks about art is absolutely unbelievable! If I have to sum up in two lines, he thinks: almost anybody can make a painting (which is not the same as “be an artist”) and that traditional artists are often boring and unhappy, because they treat their art like a marriage and beginners and armatures treat it like a love affair and that gives their art spark and emotion that people respond to. Controversial, but pretty cool, huh?
I just couldn’t stay unresponsive and closed anymore. He inspired me to play with paint, “to make a gesture”, “to demonstrate the taste”, “to make it sound good” (these are his exact instructions on the video lessons!). If you compare it to traditional “plan your values”, “do your colour studies” and “have a strong composition” it sounds unprofessional and even crazy. But with those goofy instructions I made more than 70 paintings in two years.
I still use key elements of his very special technique in my painting, but I change a lot in other aspects. I moved on to using some other techniques and tricks as well. I believe, artist’s technique and style are constantly evolving as well as his/her views and concepts about art, but I will always be grateful to this man, who got me creating and inspired after so many others failed and I myself almost gave up. Thank you, Igor!
So to sum up: I fell in love with painting, then was strongly discouraged by a professional artist, spent 2 years in non-creative place (not a nice one), but finally was able to overcome that (with a help of a genius) and moved on. Sounds like I wasted two years, but really it helped me become a better artist. How? Here:
- I learned not to listen to everybody’s opinion about my art – very useful skill
- I tried harder!
- I learned to appreciate good teachers
- I learned not to miss an opportunity when the good teacher is around and learn from them. You never know when you are going to part ways.
- I did not give up. And neither should you! on whatever it is you are doing
And most of all, I realized that my life without art is sooooo boring and sad, there is really no other choice for me, but to create.