I found the following question to be very thoughtful and interesting, and the perfect way to begin my blog that will be devoted primarily to jewelry making. I received the question from someone who viewed one of my videos on YouTube:
“This is beautiful. I’m curious. You make jewelry and you paint. Does painting help you with your jewelry making skills? and could you tell me how? I wonder if doing something like drawing and or painting could help me with other creative ventures.
Thanks for reading my comment.”
Although I’ve painted ever since I can remember, I discovered jewelry making when I was in college, and minored in it on graduate level at Pratt Institute. Making jewelry provides me with a wonderfully satisfying alternative from my 2 dimensional work, and I’ve gone through many levels of involvement with it over the years. I would have to say that jewelry making helps me with my painting, and also many of my ideas for jewelry come from my paintings. They both seem to help each other.
From my personal experience, I definitely believe that drawing and painting can help with other creative ventures. Whatever those ventures are, these disciplines will enable you to think and respond in an alternative creative way. Drawing is also one of the most fundamental creative skills that can be developed, and I believe it will positively influence all other creative ventures. I highly recommend that you get involved with drawing and painting. If you haven’t already done this, take a look at my website to see my paintings www.rossbarbera.com .