needed words from lessons learned
- I am so delighted to be able to be a part of this group and eavesdrop on the
superstars of marbling. I have a favor to ask of you. I have studied twice
at Arrowmont with Mimi Schleicher. Both times were wonderful experiences. I
am now getting anxious to be able to do this work on my own, in my own
locale. So, I am writing a grant to have Mimi join me at a local artists'
retreat so that she can guide me in my early stages in my own environment.
I know that many of you slugged it out in your own kitchens with very little
However, if I can avoid the heartache and take advantage of other lessons
learned, I am going to go for it. The favor I would like to ask of any of
you who would be willing is to write a sentence or two explaining why
studying with a mentor in my own environment would be advantageous. I fear
that the grants panel won't understand why a few "how to" books, a video and
my past Arrowmont experience shouldn't be enough to get me started. I am an
artist but I also have a more than full-time job as an arts administrator.
This is the first time I have written a grant to benefit me personally. It
would be so wonderful to get it. I am trying to make the best of my
resources - financial and time.
If any of you have words of wisdom that I could share with the panel, you
could respond to me personally or to the group. Many thanks, in advance.
- Hello Debbie, This may sound a bit silly, but I know it to be the absolute
truth. Successful, professional high quality marbling results depend not
only upon the artist and the pigments. Humidity, barometric pressure and
temperature besides water quality are important variables. You have to be
able to master and understand the variables in your own environment before
you can successfully expand. Best wishes, Gail MacKenzie
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- I concur with other postings to the list. The best teacher is what you
experience in your own particular/peculiar environment. It is wonderful to
have a mentor, as I did/do in Don Guyot, but the bottom line is he was
not/is not there every time I marble/d; he could not see the problem I was
having and in the end it was up to me to find the solution. It is also true
that those things learned the hard way, are what you remember the best, and
they are also the most rewarding.
- -I agree with Vi, who has been my invaluable mentor for the past
three years. It helps greatly to have someone to discuss your
marbling with - someone who can make suggestions and observations,
but the art of marbling is a process, something that evolves
gradually. Even the most highly skilled marbling teacher such as Mimi
can only teach what you can absorb in a given time. The process of
marbling seems to me to be more of practice, observation, study and
help from others who are more skilled, rather than one of
concentrated tuition. I wish you well in your endeavours to obtain a
grant, and would be interested to hear how you progress if you do
succeed. For some reason I regard marbling as somewhat arcane, with
elements of chance and mystery, so for me the journey is far more
fascinating than the end results. Joan Ajala-- In Marbling@y..., "V.
Wilson" <rondelay@a...> wrote:
> I concur with other postings to the list. The best teacher is whatyou
> experience in your own particular/peculiar environment. It iswonderful to
> have a mentor, as I did/do in Don Guyot, but the bottom line is hewas
> not/is not there every time I marble/d; he could not see theproblem I was
> having and in the end it was up to me to find the solution. It isalso true
> that those things learned the hard way, are what you remember thebest, and
> they are also the most rewarding.
> Good luck!
> Vi Wilson