I Am An Artist
Hello. I just want to share a little about myself and my journey in pursuing art.
For the last ten years I have been teaching myself drawing and painting along with the help of many different types of artists who I’ve met in my journey. I have learned a great deal from them all. Some I have met in person; most I have met online.
When I was 30 I went back to college. My first class was Art History. We had to do a project: draw a tree…in pencil, ink, and watercolor. Mine truly looked like something I had done in Kindergarten. It was a bit embarrassing at the time, but it peeked my interest in watercolors. I bought the lowest-grade supplies of paints, paper, and brushes just in case I didn’t stick with this endeavor. I wasn’t sure about 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. I have become very detailed in my work, especially when I paint flowers. I love Georgia O’Keeffe’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 once 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! Hopefully, my work shows I have grown some. 😉
I wasn’t “born to do art like Vincent van Gogh, of whom is my favorite artist. 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 grown now so I have more free time for myself. I think an “empty nest” is around the corner sooner than I would like, but that’s life. I am looking forward to having at least one empty bedroom where I can set up a real studio!
You will find a variety of things to read on my blog. I do have A.D.D., and struggle with anxiety and depression which I take medicines for, so I have a difficult time with staying consistent with projects. I have many ideas, but they do not all make it out of my head! Sometimes I make plans for posts, but most of the time they are spontaneous.
My most current interest has been in writing and illustrating children’s books, but I haven’t finished my first one yet.
I hope you enjoy my blog. Please come back and visit. 🙂