This is something I started believing when I realized that I could draw…and I didn’t remember learning to do that. Well, I mean I didn’t go to classes…unless you want to count the two consecutive semesters (of Design I and Design II) at a community college. Or the time I attended a watercolor workshop given by a friend of mine who was an “artist”. And then there was a couple of semesters spent in Dance Class. Oh, yes, and then there was tap dance lessons and some performances at the age of 12. I guess, I did a few things that could be considered “the study of art”.
However, none of this seemed to prepare me for the day when someone said to me(in regards to my sketches from journals I had been keeping for several years)…”those are good, I could put those in my art gallery”. This gave me the idea that other people, besides myself and my husband and a few friends would be interested in what I had been interested in all the hours I spent watching, observing and generally feeling a sense of awe about things I encountered while hiking trails and driving roads in my travel. Basically, living the life I loved.
So, that is the short story of how I started displaying and selling my art at galleries, shows and now at my home studio. What I produce is not everyone’s “cup of tea” but the ones who choose it are from quite a variety of lifestyles. I guess this is why I am confident that it is worth doing.
It was not only the intentional study of a way of doing art that produced what I create. It was the doing of my passionate interests and then trying to capture it in some way so that I could enjoy that moment later.
I am fortunate to have found out that other people enjoy some similar moments and (sometimes)I think that is why they want to take my art with them. There are many other reasons, of this I am sure. And I sometimes hear people comment, with frustration, on their own abilities to express themselves in what they consider to be an artistic manner.
However, I believe that within every persons passion for life, is the ability to share it with others. Whether it be teaching school, making sandwiches at Walmarts Deli, being a doctor, being a Mom, or any other life work…it is your art, your creation.
From my point of view, everyone’s’ an artist.
So, to those who read this, I thank you for doing your art, in whatever form it may take.
My thoughts today