|"Sam" Copyright Margaurita Spear, August 2013, Oil on painter's palette|
This year is my second year donating a painting to such a worthy cause. Again the dimensions were those of a provided wooden artist's palette, which, as you can imagine, can be difficult to make a composition on. This year's theme is "Engage in Boundless Expression".
I'm not sure how much my image choice fits this year's theme, but there is certainly a story behind it...
When I was teaching at summer camp in July I was sharing with the student's how coming up with your own idea from scratch is often the most difficult part of creating art. Some of the young campers (mostly around eleven-years old) were struggling with this very thing and I wanted them to realize that all artists share this problem, not just them. So I told them about the painting I would be making for this fundraiser. I explained that I, too, have been trying to come up with a good idea that would work with the shape of the painter's palette. I drew a quick sketch of what the palette shape was so they understood what I was referencing. Soon the students were sharing their own ideas about how to solve my creative block. One student named Sam said that the palette was the perfect shape for a painting of an octopus and suggested I go with that as my subject.
After much more brainstorming on my own (and I do mean weeks of brainstorming) I came to the conclusion that his suggestion was better than anything I had come up with and thus this painting was born and later christened with the title of "Sam" in honor of that student.
This is just one more example of how teaching art enhances and dare I say, engages, my own art making.
For information on the auction, which runs from September 11th - October 11th, visit the event/auction webpage: http://www.hopeforcreativity.org/Engage_in_Boundless_Express.html