Artist Dave Benz and I are slowly, little by little, preparing for the Portland Open Studios which seems a long ways away (in October), but will be here before you know it. Portland Open Studios’ whole mission is to educate the public about how artists work which is why you get to come to our studios and see us creating amazing artwork. Inline with this mission, they also ask the participating artists if they’ll volunteer to take a high school artist under their wings as an intern to mentor and guide.
I loved this idea because if I had been given this kind help when I was a high school art student, I’m sure I would have been able to avoid some of the (many) artistic mistakes I made and I would have gotten the art support I sorely needed (without the years of pain and loneliness). Of course, I said YES! I wanted to help and I thought I might just have something valuable to pass on and share. Dave Benz felt the same way, welcoming this special opportunity too.
Above is a photo of my first ever artist intern, Ella Jones. Isn’t she a cutie, so bright and happy? I hope I can be a valuable mentor to her. She primarily paints in oils and her subject is mainly women, including, maybe even, a witch. Check out her art website here. She’s just getting started, and it’s a very good start indeed. We met for the first time a couple weeks ago and we are having a great time learning from each other. Her energetic and curious personality makes her a joy to be around. I will let you know more how it’s going in the weeks to come.
Along with Dave and me, Ella will also be displaying at least 3 of her art pieces in our shared art studio. We will guide her in making these 3 new pieces. I have no idea what she’s going to make. More witches? Something magical or something spooky? She does love creepy gothic things just like Dave and me, so who knows what will happen. It’s an adventure for all 3 of us.
I may even ask her to write a post or two on this blog, so be on the look out for another contributor to Art From The Strange Land of Beelaungeen with her own strange thoughts and opinions on art and life.