Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Support Group For Artists


Everyone should have an artist support group. There's nothing better than hanging out with like-minded souls who understand why a new set of sparkle pens is enough to make your day...who are content to doodle with you in silence or brainstorm ideas for your latest project...who are ready to ditch housework in favor of field trips...who inspire you to try new techniques and explore new ideas...who never get tired of talking about art or making art. I'm fortunate to have found just such a group that we call ARTFITS. We get together every other week and spend several hours together working on individual projects such as altered books or journals. We also venture out on field trips such as sketchcrawls, art shows, and studio open houses. Since some of us work together, we even spend lunch hours doodling, sketching, or journaling.

I highly recommend finding or starting your own artist support group if you don't already have one. All you need is a place to meet and a couple of people who like what you like. If you don't have a space where you can work, consider getting together to share ideas and show and tell. Surround yourself with creative people and let the fun begin.

4 comments:

maccandace said...

Hmmm, that sounds like a good idea...I'll have to think about that.

Holly said...

Oh, I so wish I could find a group like that! Maybe I will have to start one. . .how did your group "find" its members?

Pat said...

Holly, starting your own group isn't hard at all. Artfits started with four people--me, two of my co-workers, and a long-time friend of mine from grade school. Since then we've added a few more members who are each a friend of one of the original four. We started off just hanging out to work on altered books together, but we've definitely picked up steam since then. Now we're going on field trips, collaborating on projects together, and setting individual and group goals. We've branched out from altered books and now each person brings whatever they happen to be working on at the moment. Not everyone comes to every get-together or field trip, but we still make it a regular event as long as there are at least two of us present. I think consistency is important, especially in the beginning. Life sometimes gets in the way of art, but if you stick with it, the group will take on a life of its own. Give it a go and let me how it works out. Good luck!

rivergardenstudio said...

Your art group sounds wonderful, and I love your sketches... have a happy Monday... Roxanne