Thursday, March 10, 2011
The Re-Birth of an Artist
Drawing is something I remember doing from a very early age. I drew all the cartoon characters of that day, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn. Lots of birds from a bird book my Grandmother had, and really just anything that took my fancy. I made homemade stationary and decorated the edges with tiny flowers and vines, made tons of cards and filled little lined paper pads with tons of little drawings. I don't remember recieving a ton of support for my drawings when I was little; my mother was a single mother of five and stretched far too thin to take notice of my little artistic 'treasures'. For that reason perhaps, I have never known, personally, if my art was ever any good. (an insecure artist, imagine!) :-)
Through the years, I have had periods where I have completely submerged my artistic side, (putting myself through college working 3 jobs with two small children to raise) and focused on my cerebral side. At other times I usually had some sort of craft going, sewing quilts, or children's clothing, or little stuffed animals for my kids, but drawing has taken a back seat for years at a time.
Fast forward to February of 2010.
I was advised by a friend to start a blog about being a busy Mama of 7. My passion at that point was writing writing writing! (that's still true to some extent.) So I started this little blog and reached out tenative fingers into blogland, exploring and looking for like-minded people, people who were creating something personal and sharing it with a community of creatives.
I was immediately inspired by all of the wonderful art based blogs I stumbled across. I dusted off my sketchbook and graphite pencils, my colored pencils and pens, and started drawing again.
I can't really remember how, but I stumbled on the weekly art prompt 'Sunday Sketches' over at Sophia's Blue Chair Diary, where Sophia asks artists to share a sketch every Sunday and comment on the other participants. This seemed like such a no-stress, fun way to draw regularly that I was inspired and started participating every week. A tiny spark started to glow and I found myself looking forward to coming up with something new to share each week.
I'm pretty sure it is also through this co-op that I stumbled across the artwork of incredible artist Rebecca Anthony. She was in the middle of completing a series of Diva canvases, and I was blown away by her intricate doodling on the faces of her Divas! I remember mentally thinking "You can do that?" and answering "Yes, you CAN do that!" It was like a damn of creativity opened up at that point, and I actually felt all the preconceived notions I had about drawing fly out the window.
Several other artists along the way have also provided incredible inspiration:
Ces over at Ces and her Dishes
Jessie at The Purple Treebird
Lissa at A Chance of Sunshine
Heather at Rose Hill Designs
Eden at Draw Doodle And Decorate