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.