As a pre-teen I started making flyers for church events before we had computers. Later in high school art class I was introduced to Paint – and loved it! This was set aside for many years as real life set in. Moving forward I ventured into the computer industry where I was once again able to create flyers, business cards and websites, digitally of course, along with teaching computer classes, all in the name of making a living. After many many years of “computer career”, I have been reacquainted with my Right Brain and broke out of the corporate world to resume my interest in art. I now thoroughly explore with Watercolors, Acrylics & Inks of many types. Using my teaching background, I share this love with groups of people every chance I get.
You know who I didn't mention above? My Mom. And that's where it all started...Knowingly or not, she taught me to love Color, even when eating she would say "It's best if you eat a COLORFUL plate of food. Then you know you are eating healthy."
Color makes everything more FUN!! Don't you think?
I love putting colors on paper, on fabric, on cement! We live in a world of color so leaving something white just seems to me like something Not Finished.... a blank canvas waiting for someone to create colorful things on it. I feel that colors are in our lives for a reason... so I like to use them... and share them.
I have loved art of MANY types since I was a child making posters for the church rummage sales and battle of the bands. I would help paint clowns on large plywood boards for beanbag toss, and in high school I got to assist the art teacher (loved that)....I took pottery in college.... spent time drawing, painting, even dabbled in Art Therapy for a while... sign making, business card design, made jewelry, stained glass, many many areas where c o l o r is found.
I used to think I was not a very good painter because my paintings didn't look very realistic... or sometimes even child-like. But after an art teacher looked at a couple she said my style is more abstract or Impressionism than realism. Yes, it takes All Kinds to make up the art world, so don't despair if yours doesn't look like you think (or someone else thinks) it "Should"... There is NO SHOULD in art. It is.... what it is. And all art is important.
FUN is also important, and I like to make sure that people are having F-U-N!!
If you never TRY to take great opportunities,
or ALLOW your dreams to become realities,
you will never unleash your true potential.
And the world will never benefit
from what you could have achieved.
So GO FOR IT! TRY SOMETHING NEW! I keep another saying over my desk:
"CREATE SOMETHING TODAY, EVEN IF IT SUCKS".