Adventures with art #4

Hi friends! I’m filling in for Skye as she’s busy studying – and will continue to be busy studying for the next few weeks – and I graciously accepted her request for me to ‘guest post’ for her series today. I’m not going to lie though. I feel slightly intimidated just writing the title of the post. I feel like I’m stepping out of my comfort zone because I’ve never really talked about art before but that’s a good thing, right? Convince me that it is a good thing.

Okay, I’m straying from the topic. Anyway, see that sketch? Yeah, I didn’t draw that but I did choose it for a reason. I had two art turning points, as Skye calls it, in my life. The first one was when I was a kindergartner. I remember sitting at the table downstairs drawing girls in clothes with my color pencils. No idea why it was this memory but I distinctly remember my grandpa coming over one day and catching sight of a drawing I had just finished. He said, ‘That’s a lovely drawing’. I was so proud. I coulda swelled up like a balloon from all that pride. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I must be really good at this’. Yeah, well, looking back I guess I was always a coloring type of person.

The second turning point happened when I was at the mall downtown with my dad when I was also very young. I’ve always been a people-watcher even when I was a kid. I have always been fascinated by the things people say, their body language, their gestures, their actions, their silence, their poses. So when I saw this girl sitting on a bench in the center of the mall with a sketch pad on her lap, I was immediately drawn to her. Her hand was moving across the page swiftly. I peeked at her sketchpad and was amazed to see that she had sketched the view of the mall from where she was sitting. The sketch was so beautiful and detailed with such delicate shading and flawless lines. I was blown away by her talent and I remember thinking to myself, ‘Oh wow, I want to draw like that one day’.

I was sub-consciously fueled by those two events, I think, to continue drawing. What I didn’t expect was for my art class to happen and for someone whose art skills far exceeded mine to come along, and wash my dreams of becoming good at art away. But why I stopped drawing is for another day, right? Hopefully if Skye allows me to ‘guest post’ for her again.

We actually talked until midnight (whoa, late!) last night about everything and usually late night chats inspire lots of great ideas, including today’s idea for this post. If we didn’t get hungry by 10pm every night, we’d definitely spend more nights just talking like that. Did you say supper? Nah, supper isn’t for us but if you’re willing to send some over, why not? 😉

I end today’s post with a quote that I wish I had known before I was scared off by other people’s art skills:

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.” ~Andy Warhol
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4 thoughts on “Adventures with art #4

  1. At this very moment I am taking a break from my own art and I came across this post! What luck! I love art! Drawing was my first love and introduced me into other forms of art after that. I totally understand where you’re coming from with the idea of being intimidated by others art. In high school, I was always praised for being a good artist (at drawing and painting)..but when I went off to college. The compliments got less and less and ridicule and critiques got more and more. Literally my art work was torn to pieces and I had to learn immediately to defend my artwork and say reasoning behind why i did what i did. In short, everyone was talented and everything was a constant competition. The biggest competition though, is the one against yourself! You always want to strive to be a better artists for yourself..not better than anyone else. Everyone has their one style and way of creating art. Who knows! Your particular style may be just what a future client or art collector is looking for. It’s easy to get swept away but if you really love what you’re doing..stick with it!

    • Thanks so much for sharing a little bit about your struggles with art, Tamara. You are totally right. The biggest competition is against myself. I always feel like I’m not good enough and someone else’s art far exceeds mine. I am definitely working on my self-esteem and confidence so hopefully that will help me in my long-term goal to be good at art! Not caring about people’s criticism and being vulnerable to different opinions is a bit tough but those are just things we all have to learn to accept graciously in order to improve or to stand up for ourselves. Nobody will get anywhere if they hide their work, right?

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