I Am An Artist

Self-Portrait, Spring 1887, Oil on pasteboard,...

Self-Portrait, Spring 1887, Oil on pasteboard, 42 × 33.7 cm., Art Institute of Chicago (F 345). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t let yourself conjure up an image that doesn’t apply accurately to me, however. I’ve never sold anything. I do it for the joy of the process. So if you’re interested, here’s my story.

For the last ten years I have become a self-made artist along with the help of many different types of artists who I’ve met in my journey. I learned a great deal from them all.

I started out using watercolor paints. I bought the lowest-grade supplies of paints, paper, and brushes just in case I didn’t stick with this endeavor. There’s a very good reason for this! I have a tendency to start all types of hobbies or start learning something like Sign Language, but then don’t stick with it in the long haul. Anyway, back to the watercolor painting. I wasn’t sure what to paint, but I knew what I liked: flowers, landscapes, oceans, that type of thing. At first I would find greeting cards I liked and just copy the image by eyeballing it, not tracing it. I began using small pieces of paper – 4×6 and 5×7 sizes at the largest until I got the hang of it. I painted things pretty loosely in the beginning until I could learn to draw better. Now I have become very detailed in my work, especially when I paint flowers. That is my greatest interest of late. Actually, it always has been. In fact, I love Georgia O’Keefe’s work very much.

After I decided I was going to stick with painting, I joined the North Light Book Club and built up a fine collection of art books. It became expensive in the long run, though, so after I had quite a few to start with, I quit the club. Besides, I had obtained plenty to keep me busy for quite some time. So I put myself to work – LEARNING!

I don’t feel like I was born to be an artist like Renoir or Van Gogh, both of whom I love. For me, it has been an endeavor that I have had to work really hard at. But it has been the most rewarding work I’ve ever done outside of being a wife, mother, and home school teacher. All of those responsibilities have kept me busy through the years. My two kids are teens now, so I have more free time for myself as they can work more independently.

Lastly, I have to say I am thankful that I have been fortunate enough to stay home and raise my family like my mother did before me and her mother before her, etc., etc. That was a priority of mine and my husband’s. Plus, this has afforded me the opportunity to learn many other new things, such as playing the guitar and getting back into piano which I learned to play as a child. I have always loved art and music. It’s a great blessing to be able to do both at my leisure!

Until next time, keep cool, get outside and enjoy the sunshine, and tell someone you love them today!

About whitefeatherfloating

When I began this blog I was simply going to share my writing. However, after being part of the blogging world for quite some time now, I decided to begin sharing my artwork. Patsy's Creative Corner will always have my artwork. Thanks for visiting! :)

Posted on July 25, 2013, in Art Talk and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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