I’ve been thinking again (if you were wondering what that burning smell was). I’m re-thinking whether or not to take the City & Guilds course, regardless of whether or not my man is here. In her comment, Dijanne flattered me by saying that I already have most of the skills they’d teach. And, at least for now, I seem to have some direction. So I’ve been thinking about (and emailing with Deborah about) my goals, and that “what would I gain?” question.
I’m very up in the air about this now. I thought I could benefit from the focus and new skills, but maybe Dijanne’s right that I have already done a lot of the things that are covered in the first level; although I think I’d probably benefit more from the diploma level. But (and there’s always a but) you can’t just skip to the diploma level without doing the lower levels first. So, would I gain enough from the discipline of the lower courses to merit the focus of the upper level?
Deborah suggested books like The Artist’s Way (which I vaguely remember trying to slog through years ago as a designer) as a way of finding curriculum or discipline. In many ways a book might be just as good as a class — and a lot cheaper. Of course, I haven’t finished working my way through the Color & Composition book I started almost two years ago, so having someone else pushing me would be a great bonus. I may be able to find something brick and mortar, but in German? and with flexible hours for a mom? Which brings me to the mentor option. I have been hoping that I would “click” with someone more established than I, and long, deep, intrigueing conversations about art would ensue. It hasn’t exactly happened yet, and I’m not sure if that’s because I haven’t pushed the issue, or because I just haven’t connected with the right person yet, or the time is just not ripe yet. It’s definitely not something I want to force. I feel a mentor/mentee relationship should be organic. Oh, I suck, I DO have a mentor of sorts — my “quilt mom” Gerrie. She is always there with encouragement and good ideas and resources, and the being a fine example of doing what you love. So maybe it’s a professional mentor I continue to seek. I also have three (overlapping) quilt groups that I meet with, and although I’ve met some wonderful friends through these groups, they are mostly traditional. My art quilts are certainly encouraged, but I’m not necessarily being challenged by anyone other than myself.
Right now, I seem to be hoping that a mentor or creative small group drops from the sky in front of me. I’m going to continue to explore this current village theme I’ve been working on, and maybe when I get stuck, revisit continuing education of some sort (maybe still C&G if it feels right). Of course, blogging fills some of my needs as well. Some connections have begun through blogging, and it definitely releases some of the vacuum I think I often work in 🙂 I’m throwing all this out there not necessarily for answers, but because it’s a subject I started a few posts ago and figured someone might be curious as to the status. Pretty much this is all rhetorical.