Friday morning I went to the inaugural meeting of Charleston Creative Mornings hosted at Fuzzco. We had yummy muffins from Sugar and drank coffee to wake up! I am very introverted, especially in large social settings so even signing up to attend was a huge step. I took printmaking classes in college with Sophie (who is an amazingly talented artist in her own right) so I was interested to learn more about this community she’s helping to nurture in Charleston. I went with my friends Zac and Amelia— a writer, coffee/beer snob, all around literary guy, and his fiance, a painter, dreamer, and the quirkiest little lady I know. I have to admit that I wasn’t all that great at networking so that’s something I want to improve upon next go around.
I feel like I am still finding myself as an artist. I haven’t had much time to devote to my paintings and I’m just starting to fall into it again. For that reason, I found some of Lulie Wallace’s words to be of particular interest. She spoke a lot about how to find your style through practice, critique, and creative criticism through mentors. Lulie is a well known artist in Charleston and even around the States. You’ve probably seen her work in Anthropologie and maybe not even known! I really admire her work because she has a sense of who she is and her work has a cohesive and distinctive style. Like she said this morning, she’s aware of her aesthetic. I really enjoyed hearing Cait Etherton from Ambrose Farms speak, though. You wouldn’t think there would be a connection between farming and art or writing but there is. I think I’ve slowly been discovering it myself but this talk pointed it out. Nothing I’m writing here is a direct quote but she equated agriculture to art in the way that you basically start from nothing and create something awesome along the way. It’s true! I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately and I’m so inspired by the colors in nature like Cait is.
So, from this event I’m taking away a few things. I want to work on my networking skills, consciously going one step further than my comfort zone. I also want to play with color. Decide which colors I think represent me, my thoughts, feelings, and ideas. And finally, I need to work on developing my style which will come with hours and hours of painting. I’m just getting started. There’s lots of work to be done.