Hi, I’m Micah Bremner! (follow me on Instagram and visit my website!). For the moment I live in Virginia, but will be moving to Warsaw, Poland in the summer. I make a mean strawberry shortcake. I can find my way in and out of a Philippine street market or the Japanese subway. I have curated a library to sustain my family as we move around the world. I have taught my six children both how to read as well as how to handle any toilet they’re confronted with.
I mention all of this to say that there are a great many things at which I am competent. But, art is not yet one of them. I picked up a brush for the first time since middle school just over two months ago. I’m new here. I only occasionally create things that are exactly as I want them to be. It’s hard to be a beginner. But, I’m willing to occupy this space for now, because I intend to find my way to the other side of it.
Three things have been the most important for me as I pick my way through these awkward first steps. The first is an unending commitment to play. I play with the materials I use, with the subjects I paint or draw, and with styles. When I get frustrated that my pieces don’t turn out the way I want, I remind myself that this is all about playing.
The second thing that has been so critical for me is a willingness to make mistakes. So many mistakes. I am committed to failing at this. Over and over again. Now these failures don’t come as a surprise to me. I remember that I agreed with myself to fail – but not let those failures stop me.
The last key for me has been to create every day. I’ve recently begun a project to paint one page in my sketchbook every day. Although it is still in the early days, I can already see the potential impact this is going to have for my learning. But, I also create outside of that project. I doodle, I scribble, I just pick up my pen or brush and make some mark. Every day.
I am just at the very beginning. I can’t give advice on the intricacies of doodlewashing, or any other art technique for that matter. But, if there is anyone out there who is on the fence – who feels a nudge to make art, I can give them courage to pick up a brush and give it a try.
I love Charlie’s attitude, that this doesn’t have to be an intimidating process, and that it’s available to anyone. I’m willing to be the example of that. I’m happy to show my unschooled, wonky, humble attempts in order to encourage someone else to believe they can, too.