I wrote that I’d spoken to two groups of college students recently (Ringling College of Art and Design and William & Mary here in Wmsbrg). It’s gotten me thinking of TRANSITIONS in life…so many of them! almost constant in fact. Then last night I went to a yoga class being held in the main gallery of the Muscarelle Museum of Art, The show on the walls is amazing! There are 250 frames prints of the five complete sets of Hiroshige’s The 53 Stations of the Tokaido….never before seen all together. How full of detail with a sense of travel and wonder, and yet how peaceful. Perfect backdrop for relaxing yet strenuous yoga.
At the end of the class the instructor mentioned the transition from the relaxation and self-awareness of a session of yoga back into our real world … and the transition that many of the students there would be making soon as they graduated into their yet unknown ‘real world.’ A SIGN FOR ME! There are so many transitions we experience in life and in art: Learning to teaching; grey tone scales; black and white to color; middle tone to chiaroscuro; abstract to realism; action to rest; health to sickness; being single to marriage commitment; childless to parenthood to children leaving; youth to old age; birth to death….and so so many in between.
How an artist and person travels these transitions tells their personal one of a kind ‘story’… just as the prints of Hiroshige tell of his travels. One step at a time. Some steps are missteps and that is ok. It is often how we learn and grow and become stronger.
I wanted to share a list of some Do’s and Don’t I promised the students for their career moves generally….to help with all transitions I think! 🙂 Now jump into the mystery!
Be MEMORABLE BE AFRAID
Remember: ‘2 second’ rule (judgements) Show 3 or more styles all at once
DO HUMOR Be Boring
Be HONEST… always Make excuses
Go for Promotional Moments Be generic
Manage your career Forget this IS a business
Use comfortable, spontaneous line Be stiff or too tight
Turn down bad jobs Take too many jobs…miss deadlines!
Ask questions Ever assume
Be true to yourself Show imperfect samples
Work Hard Forget to have FUN and PLAY!