I have been reading Emily P. Freeman's book "A Million Little Ways"...Uncover the Art you were made to live. In it she quotes Steven Pressfield:
"Self-doubt can be an ally. This is because it serves as an indicator of aspiration. It reflects love, love of something we dream of doing and desire to do it. If you find yourself asking yourself...'Am I a writer? Am I an artist?' Chances are, you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death."
(From "The War of Art")
As I stood on the virtual doorsteps Of Lilla Rogers Studio School, with self-doubt as my ally and a dream that was bigger than any of my fears I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime...a five week course called Make Art that Sells©. And what an adventure it was. Intense? Yes. Challenging? Absolutely! Worth the investment? YES, YES, YES!
WEEK ONE- Bolt Fabric
Every day of the week my fellow classmates and I would attend our virtual class where we would soak in Lilla's wisdom and experience. She is captivating and her infectious personality created a warm and inviting classroom.
The first and most important thing that we learned is the importance of icons. Monday mornings started with a mini assignment which entailed drawing lots and lots and lots of icons...they are at the heart of making art that sells. Peppers and vintage kitchen was our first mini assignment!
WEEK TWO- Home Decor
Each mini assignment would become the building blocks for that weeks main assignment. The more time spent studying the subject the more elements you have to work with. By the time Wednesday came I had pages and pages of paisleys...these images were to be applied to a collection of ceramic plates...I made mine that I think a child would love to have!
WEEK THREE-Children's Books
This week was the one I anticipated and worried about the most. Leaving town early Thursday morning meant that I had only one day to complete the assignment. On the class Facebook page I posted my "made in one day" project and asked advice from the Make Art that Sells © community of creatives as to whether I should submit it or not. I was overwhelmed with encouragement and support! As I reflect on the five week course one of the highlights was the community and camaraderie among the students. The generosity of these folks to give advice, share ideas and help others was simply inspiring.
WEEK FOUR-Wall Art
By this time in the course we were filled to the brim with inspiration from Lilla. Each week we were treated to inspirational interviews from industry experts, got valuable tips on everything from time management to how to get an agent, and a weekly Q and A session where Lilla answered questions from the class. Priceless! Lilla's regular encouragement to continually discover your style was something that I greatly appreciated.
The assignment this week was to make a collage with an assigned color palette! This assignment was soooo far our of my comfort zone. My emotions were like a roller coaster and in all honesty I had moments where I contemplated not turning anything in (yikes!). But I did...
The last week...it was so bittersweet. Sweet because of all that was accomplished, but so sad to move on from this wonderful experience. Not only did Lilla coach us in how to make art, but she also provided lots of thought provoking questionnaires that encouraged us to explore many areas, such as what makes us unique to assessing how our art fits in to each market.
As I write this...weeks after the class ended I would have to say that this class has made an indelible mark on my life...even my husband says it was the best thing I have done! So, thank you Lilla...mentor, coach, fairy art Mother extraordinaire!