I love the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi.....that approaching all things as a beginner, as a child, is the way to go. It follows, then, that we can learn from the experiences of a newbie, that artist who is completely unencumbered with rules and rituals. It also follows that loads-full of knowledge is questionable....that "having" knowledge can sometimes be prohibitive. And so, my painting and drawing classes are a mix of artists....it is more fun that way....we can all learn from each other. It also follows, for me, that reaching certain levels of certain art organizations that grant the use of special initials when "more accomplished artists" deem your work worthy of theirs is a slippery slope. Of course, goals and the reaching of those goals are worthy endeavors. But resting on the laurels of a signature membership is not. Approaching the work with the enthusiasm of a child and the freshness of a beginner is to be encouraged. Solving new problems in new and personal ways.
My right hand holds the hand of someone who knows less than me, and I am the teacher.
My left hand holds the hand of someone who knows more than me, and I am the student.
Thank you, Jackie.