Is there a difference between crafter and artist? Should there be?
I’m going to argue that there isn’t a difference.
I’ll admit, I’ve been one to dismiss my own artistic endeavors, preferring to call myself a crafter, because it seems less serious and highbrow.
I’m sure there are “artists” out there that balk at crafters and their output – but I’d argue that there is precisely as much soulful effort and skill in appliqueing or jewelry making as there is in blending paint colors on a canvas or bending steel into sculpture.
Comparing the two is silly! And letting the two worlds merge is the only way to make crafters feel like artists and remind artists that they’re crafters!
And in the spirit of embracing my inner artist, I flexed my artistic muscles at Bottle & Bottega this week and was surprised by my own assumptions about the process of painting. It’s both harder and easier than I thought.
I was invited by Ginger Jones, the owner of the Denver Metro Bottle & Bottega, to sit in on a class called, Monday with the Masters. The Master of our class was Kandinsky who, thankfully, was an abstract painter. His warm painting called “Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles” looked easy enough to try to replicate and I was glad to be able to focus on the colors rather than smaller details.
Our instructor, Emily, demystified the project by showing us techniques with both paint and brush that allowed touching brush to canvas to be a far less intimidating endeavor. Any reluctance I had was promptly whisked away and soon I was fully engaged with the process of dabbing, blending, and mixing color. It was a very relaxing and illuminating experience. Being lost in the paint, the progress and the action made the time tick by!
Any expression of creativity can be considered art and probably should be. That’s why I think you should give it a try!
Ginger at Bottle & Bottega wants some Ninjas to enjoy the experience the way that I did – so, we’re offering two of you an electronic gift certificate for a value of $35! Pick a public party and get ready to splash some paint around!
Leave a comment below with your favorite artist/crafter & we’ll pick two of you sweeties, at random, to get paintin’!
*This giveaway will close on Friday, July 19th, at 5:00 PM & winners will be announced on Monday, July 22nd.
WINNERS ARE: Sara Downey-Robinson and Annie Farrell – Ladies! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can forward your gift certificate! YAY!