If a blank page waiting for art tends to paralyze you, a new local artist hopes to have the cure.
Photographer, painter, poet and printmaker ML Kenneth is holding her first classes in the area after moving from Winnipeg, Man., to Parksville’s San Pareil neighbourhood in 2016.
The Creative Watercolour Summer Series includes three classes – the last Saturday of every month starting June 24.
Kenneth said her aim is to help artists unleash their creativity by introducing new concepts and techniques each class to try out and experiment with. Rather than try to reproduce another work or create a rendition of a landscape, she wants her students to tap into a more abstract muse.
But it can be easier said than done.
“(Sometimes artists) get a piece of paper and they are like, ‘Ahhh, what do I do with this?’” Kenneth said. To get through that initial paralyzation, Kenneth introduces a new technique each class, providing some history on it, and works to provide a safe, co-operative space where people can experiment and create without fear of failure, she said.
“‘What if I make a mistake?’ Well let’s just blow through a lot of paper,” said Kenneth.
Kenneth describes her own work as storytelling, and chooses what medium she wants to work in based on that story.
Her creative interests have her focusing on various types of photography recently.
“I love telling people’s stories as far as what they are going through in their lives.
“I did a (photo) book last year called ‘Woman Redefined’ and it was published by a publishing house in Toronto, and I told 51 women’s stories, post-breast cancer.”
Most recently, Kenneth is working on a West Coast flora series that uses the cyanotype process to create a sort of blueprint relief of wildflowers and plant life she finds in her garden and during walks through the forest.
Kenneth’s classes are $55 each or $150 for all three. The first is on June 24, and they all run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, go to mcmillanartscentre.com/creative-watercolour-summer-series/.