“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
One of my earliest memories of art in my life was drawing Super Mario with that raccoon tail for one of my classmates in the fourth grade. I have really never enjoyed drawing as much as I did painting. I see now, later in life, that I wish I had spent more time learning the more technical side of art. Drawing for me was always a means to an end. I just wanted to get my idea down as quickly as possible and move on to the final piece. I have since removed that view from my mind, and realize that the process is just as important as the product. Taking the time to enjoy the process, and work out any problems is critical to creating a much stronger piece of art. I now find myself in the process of teaching myself how to see and draw again all over.
Between ending an art-based business, starting a new business (non art related), and having two very young children; art strayed from my mind and interest for a few years. My children are a little older , and a little more independent now (ages 4 and 6). My interest in art picked up again about a year and a half ago. It was a combination of reading my children books, and owning my first smart phone. The phone gave me access to blogs, which granted me daily access to all types of amazing artists and writers easily. I have since started to slow down and take my time on projects by working bit by bit to create a finished piece that I am happy with.
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