There are so many emotions that I feel when I open my paint box. It can be filled with a full range of emotions from Joy to Fear. Art has taught me to overcome my doubts, to enjoy the process and the journey. With opening the paint box I have learned to explore and observe the things around me. This leads to hours spent at the easel solving issues on the canvas trying to reach the sweet spot where I am satisfied with what is on the two-dimensional surface is what I want to portray.
One thing I want to share is my feelings about creativity and talent. “Creativity” is not a special gift given to a chosen few. I am a firm believer that “Talent is a passion pursued”! I read that quote somewhere and it stays with me. We are all creative and talented beings and for some of us being creative and talented was a special magical gift given to a select few. Creative and Talented were not words that I would have ever applied to myself and every time I hear those words..I think who me? As a young woman crafty was a word that did not even enter into my vocabulary. There was always a curiosity on wanting to know how to draw, to paint, to be creative. Unfortunately I asked the wrong people and received the usual answers of: “You just have to see”, “it is a gift”, “it comes natural” and of course my favorite one ” – “They have talent”. So I would put away the thought of being artist. It was not for me as I was not talented and I did not know how to see which left me feeling a little sad.
As I grew older, I tried many crafts to stifle the voice that wanted to draw and paint. I discovered Decorative Painting which taught me so my techniques, but there was a nag that there was more. The nag just became more persistent, and louder, and kept pushing. I had the opportunity to take a drawing and painting classes at the college when living in Alaska. That dissolved so many creative talent myths and fears for me. It was OMG. I can do this. I have discovered my passion and I am pursuing it! I am an Artist.
If you have even a small voice that says you want to learn to do something, then follow it. Fill your with your talent and creativity as I know it is there inside just waiting to be discovered. You will find plenty of artists willing to share and help you on your way. Discover your passion and pursue it!