Greetings Art Colony Members,

 On October 23, 2010, I gave myself a birthday/ retirement gift of a beginners’ drawing class.  I used this class to help me to get over retirement and I’d hoped to learn the basics of drawing.  Over the next year and a half, the women there gave me unconditional support and through trial and error I taught myself to draw.

As a child, art kept me company for hours.  Also as a young child, I discovered fashion through Harper’s, paper dolls, Barbie and Vogue.  By teen years, I was creating clothes, hairstyles, make-up and accessories for pay.  I fabric shopped in the day, fitted and finished after dinner, and sewed well into the wee hours.  Additionally, I baked, barbered, and did hair.  I was raking in more cash than my peers and most parents.  I was paid, but my academic side was being neglected.

Fortunately, an opportunity to attend college came along.  I took advantage of it.  Early in the first semester, I asked to declare art as a major.  The counselor became so incensed that he threatened to give my scholarship to a more “worthy” student.  I didn’t realize that he had no authority to do that, so I chose a “worthwhile” major.  I’ve not had one regret since choosing an alternative major.  It’s allowed me to do a different art form and share it over several decades with a few thousand folks.  I loved it until I was no longer allowed. 

Since 2010, I’ve learned that I can reproduce what’s before me.  In my early years, that was an issue for me, though my teachers were fine when I couldn’t.  They called me creative. The realization that I could produce what I saw, took two months to discover.  Once I learned that, I felt free to try various art styles and forms.  Like most who do art, I hyper-criticize my work.  But, I don’t compete and I don’t ask for approval.  I just do what makes me happy and do my personal best.  I can still lose whole days creating.  I love faces and folks, I’ve discovered.  So, whatever style or technique I’m learning, gets applied to faces or folks.  My most recent fascination is tangling. I learned to apply it specifically to faces and bodies.

For the most part, what you see on my page is a progression from one application to another while focusing on the face and the body.  Thanks for sharing your work.  Finally, (with help) I’m sharing mine.

Keep creating,

Dee Harris

 

Views: 59

Comment by Kink Jarfold on June 12, 2015 at 2:52pm

Dee, so many of us are self taught--yours truly being one.  Yours is a story similar to mine.  However, I never had the opportunity to actually pursue the "learning of how to" do art.  Thank goodness for on line videos.  They've taken the place of teachers for me and I can learn at my leisure. The fact that you used your creativity to earn a nice living is ideal.  It makes work and earning a living fun.

Keep ARTISTING!

Comment by dee harris on June 12, 2015 at 10:43pm

kink, thanks for taking the time to read my profile. art, until about 10 years ago, was a regular part of the public school curriculum.  but everything taught was prescribed and depended on the budget. inner-city meant humble budget, so techniques were limited to quick and cheap, (not always a negative) but did not provide the opportunity exploring the genre. as an adult i mentioned taking classes and being supported by other students in those classes. i was taught nothing, not even the grades of pencils, paper or what made a good bush good.  so, i'll buy a book or see a technique used by another artist and try it. i love teaching myself, so it's not a problem.  but i have observed that some artists have divisive catagories and some will not share.  

when i made money w my "creativity" our economy was all but closed to me.  i used what i had and thank goodness, it paid off.  it was fun and it was liberating to know that i could earn a good living just doing fun stuff. but when i traded one art for another, i was just as happy.  in that art form, i was the teacher. i shared everything at my disposal.  now i'm going to read your profile, if you have one.  and again thanks for taking the time to look. 

 

Comment

You need to be a member of The Art Colony to add comments!

Join The Art Colony

Guidelines

New to the site? Check out our Guide to Getting Started.

Please take a moment to read our Member Guidelines. Thanks!

Need help?

If you need assistance with this site, please visit the Site Help forum where the moderators and/or other members will assist you.

About

The Art Colony is a fun online art community for artists of all abilities working in painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture and handicrafts! Join us and share your art, ask questions, receive tips, and make new friends!

 

It is 100% FREE to join the Art Colony and always will be!

Cheekyjane

Artist and Owner of The Art Colony                      

The Art Colony is co-run by a fabulous team of enthusiastic moderators:

 

Pat

Stacy

Nick

Members

© 2019   Created by Jane Miles. All Rights Reserved.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service