I enjoyed the first two sections, which were on Resistance and combating Resistance. I did not enjoy the first half of the third section, though, whicI enjoyed the first two sections, which were on Resistance and combating Resistance. I did not enjoy the first half of the third section, though, which talked a lot about angels and Muses and I found difficult to connect with. But in the second half of the third section Pressfield seemed to be restored to himself and I enjoyed the rest of the book as much as its first two-thirds....more
This past week I started meandering through Kelly Rae Roberts' mixed media technique book, Taking Flight. I've owned the book for quite some time now, but I've discovered that it takes me a while to warm up to using new art books (or online art classes!) that I purchase. But now I'm finally reading away.
And . . . I love it. I love it because Kelly is so real and honest and open about her story. I also really love the techniques she shares, of course, but it is her writings about her life that really are the most amazing part of the book. As you may know from my other blog, I think that sharing our stories has immense value.
If you don't know much about Kelly Rae Roberts, she was employed a social worker for her early professional life and was decidedly not artistic. So she thought, anyway. But when she turned 30, she began to tune into her artistic desires more, and which eventually led to a total life overhaul. Now she's a super-successful mixed media wonder woman, so I imagine her first tentative artistic experiments went well. :)
I identify with so much of Kelly's story. Like her, I followed the path that was expected of me -- I went straight into college after high school, then on to grad school, and then dove into the miasma of job-seeking. Except . . . I wasn't ready for college when I graduated high school. And I didn't really want to study what I went to grad school for. But I didn't know what else to do, so I caved to the external pressures of my parents and society and did what I thought was the right thing.
Except that it wasn't the right thing for my heart.
Now, after 10 years of floundering through higher education, mostly fruitless job-seeking, and a terrifying battle with disordered eating, I feel like I'm where Kelly Rae Roberts was when she first began to investigate art. Earlier this year, I began my own artistic explorations, and it blew my mind and heart wide open. Suddenly, my eating disorder had no hold on me. Neither did depression. I didn't dread each new day. Instead, I couldn't sleep because all I could think about was making art.
It was amazing. Miraculous, even. Completely unlooked for, but completely needed. Making art helped make me whole. At least, that's what it feels like.
So that's why I love Taking Flight -- because it reminds me of myself. And because it gives me hope for where this art-making adventure might lead.
Plus, Kelly's techniques tutorials are really excellent. I'm mostly interested in her background techniques, and yesterday I tried out a few of them on a teeny, tiny mixed media piece. Not only that, but I also painted the face of the girl in the piece for the first time ever (instead of drawing the face on a separate paper and then Mod Podge-ing it onto the substrate)....more
I liked the first third or half of this book quite a bit. However, then West started talking (presumably to pastors/church staff) how to include artsI liked the first third or half of this book quite a bit. However, then West started talking (presumably to pastors/church staff) how to include arts in the church. I suppose I didn't understand that that's where this book was going when I started, so it was a bit of a disappointment. However, I think that it would be a very valuable read for anyone who is thinking about starting an arts ministry/program in their church....more