Taking Advice and Mentors
A year and a half ago I took a workshop with Philippe Faraut, which is a sculptor I have admired for YEARS. I was terrified to take his class because I thought I wasn’t good enough. Well, one particularly frustrating day in the studio, I signed up for his class. And guess what?!? It was completely and totally amazing and eye-opening. I had never sculpted from a model, and that’s what we did! Here’s a pic from that class:
So anyway, I had a talk with Philippe. He approached me one day in class. He suggested I start teaching. Me? Really? Am I good enough?!? You know what his response was? He said, “You’re good now. But you’ll be better if you teach!” And I’ve been thinking about that. A lot. And guess what- he was right. after teaching my class at The Bascom, my students requested a self-portrait class. I said SURE! And then I realized that I have never done an actual self-portrait. I came home and practiced and practiced some more, and suddenly I realized that I was getter better, just by teaching. Just like Philippe said. He may not know it, but I consider him to be a mentor. He made this biggest difference in my sculpting and my perspective on many things art-related. I sent him an email last year to say Thank You. Perhaps it is time to do so again.