Eye on Art Laura Ury
This site is in its early stages, please check back soon....
This blog site is an extension of my artist websites and offers a look at my ongoing progress, sketchbook studies and research.
“My love for the creative process has been a lifelong love and a purpose filled journey. It seems that I have always found a way to integrate making art into my role as a teacher, a mother, and a homemaker. Now, having completed my MFA, I have given myself the opportunity to develop this passion into a professional career and to expand my knowledge and abilities as a professional artist.
As a teacher of art for nearly 15 years, I fell in love with the artistic process. Watching others create beautiful art and seeing the students’ appreciation for what they have made has been a great inspiration to my own pursuits. Every artist, musician or writer must find it within them-selves to set aside time to develop their skills through practice. So, I began. I have told students during my years of teaching that one should not depend on talent alone as they approach the artistic process. Talent is a gift for some, but those who learn to love the process of making and "speaking" through their art are those who have not depended on their talent, but have struggled through the difficulty of learning, seeing and experiencing that which is required. Many students, who would not label themselves as talented, sometimes enjoy creating art more because they have had to work harder and have a greater appreciation for the difficulty of the subject.
Of course, keeping a sketchbook and being careful to record thoughts and ideas are a crucial part of my development. The ability to draw well, quickly and accurately has proved to be a sign of an advanced artist. Balancing both creativity and technical skill is always a challenge and will continue to be my main goal. I have experience with all of the various painting and drawing mediums, but have found oil painting to be the most desirable.
The study of art is a lifelong journey for those who have come to appreciate its origins. The creative gifts are meant.....