|When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
when i was a small child and saw the love and pleasure on my mother's face when i drew her a mother's day card...
I drew as a child and then did not for a big chunk of my adult life. I began to draw as a way to relax during a stressful time in my life in 2002. I found I could relax when I drew. I almost immediately was compelled to draw faces. It was a surprise to me that I could draw portraits and faces. From there I began to paint. I almost immediately began to think of myself as an artist frm that point. I could see that I had been an artist my whole life but just never knew it because I was not in an environment that encouraged or appreciated it.
Well I have always wanted to be an artist, but the first time I painted an oil it was of John Wayne, and it turned out rather good for no training. A few years later I began to draw and pick up on art like the training was there all along and I didn't know about it. In my beginnings I created art, and when I was finished it was what I wanted it to be. I then began to see myself as an artist professionally.
It all started when I was 14 years old. I was given a watercolor set and paper by one of my cousins. After that I delved into the idea of being an artist. I thought myself by practicing painting. I read ArtNews, Art In America, and Art Forum as a teenager. Then I got my BFA to seal the deal.
I always saw myself as an artist even
when it was just a hobby for me :)
I actually painted on and off ever since I was in school, but back then I just thought I was creative. I didn't start painting seriously until I was 31. I started out writing children's books but they felt incomplete without the art, so I started doing that. (I was trying to figure out a way to stay at home with my baby and still make money.) Then I fell in love with the painting end of it and never went back to the writing! That's when I began to see myself as an artist.
After drawing as a child, not studying art in high school, studying art in college, being the 'artful' mother for my child, pursuing other interests...I finally took a workshop in 2000 that woke up the sleeping artist I had been all that time. I immediately started painting, using reference photos I had taken on a trip to Ireland.
Honestly, I can't remember ever NOT knowing I was an artist.
When I was young I always drew in my sketch album,loved to sew and watched my mother create everything under the sun.lol
As far back as I can remember there's always been an interest in art. There was always competitive rivalry between me and my eldest brothers, who were also artistic. I think I won, as they dont do it anymore, Ha! And when I was seven, my handwriting was so neat I didn't need to do writing practice, so whilst all the other school children were repetitively writing out letters, I got to sit at the back of the class and draw in my sketchbook.
My earliest memory of Art is non-verbal and had something to do with Drawing, I saw it on TV back in the early 1960s, possibly on Captain Kangaroo. That experience activated an artistic area in my brain.
I had been taking courses, sketching and painting before I considered myself an artist. Other people who saw my work considered me an artist. During a serious illness, I knew that I wanted to focus on my art.
When I was a child. Drawing was my best friend. Then I knew I was "different" when I connected to my own little world, and preferred it to people...it hasn't much changed, except I've widened my world, and it's become even more enjoyable.
I think I "felt" myself as being an artist as a very young child. The spirit was there when I was barely able to climb onto my mother's lap and beg her to draw for me. The spirit was there when as a young child I saw and experienced nature and beauty. The spirit was there when I sometimes plunged into despair. The spirit was there when as a young woman I wondered what it would be like to be an artist. The spirit was there when I began the formal study of art at the age of 44. It was sometimes afterwards that I began to feel and then to act as an artist, and to know that I was and am an artist.
I don't see myself as an artist, although I have always wanted to be one
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