To celebrate the “Year of Creative” in Scotland artist Hazel Campbell came to New York during Scotweek this past April. The well known landscape painter from the beautiful southwest countryside of Dumfries and Galloway has a long history of producing great artwork. Our afternoon was no exception.
Hazel spoke to the few invited guests in the intimate setting and instructed or rather inspired us over lunch. Her words flowed softly and slowly and penetrated well beyond the moment. She was so articulate, so purposeful, and so captivating you could not help but listen and learn. Her words explained how important being creative and expressive can be in one’s life. This wasn’t just a simple watercolor exercise, but a life lesson.
Hazel also asked us to explore, use bold color, and encouraged us. She told us a story of her teacher and how even at age ninety he wasn’t finished, he had more to paint. Apparently we all had landscapes to paint.
At times her voice even reminded me of the American iconic painter Bob Ross. And when I thought I made a “mistake,” she let me know it was now just a different painting, a new landscape – perhaps just a happy accident like Bob taught.
We also discussed portrait paintings a style not done in watercolor. She commented how they were once required, but not we can just take a picture with a camera. Painting was meant to be different, so make it different. I agreed and completed my piece. Then, I decided to take out my camera and take a few photos of my fellow newly inspired artists work.
Between New York City and my travels (including Scotland) I consider myself blessed. I’ve experienced so much and often have the opportunity to enjoy the arts in all forms. Yet what I discovered through the smile and joy felt after leaving the event is I need to create more. And I learned I need to create in other forms and other mediums. It inspired me and refreshed the mind. Why not try it too – maybe you will find its power and its pure pleasure.
Stay adventurous, Craig
Mindset Tip: Take a lesson with an expert. Sometimes you just don’t learn about the course of study, but much, much more. My brush with watercolor was more than a lesson in painting, but a lesson in life. It was a reminder to try new things and stay creative.
I also want to thank Laura Davidson PR for the invite to attend this wonderful event. And if you want to learn more about the artist, you can check out Hazel Campbell‘s website and gallery online.