Me, an Artist?
Day 2 of the ultimate blog challenge suggested introducing myself to my reader, letting them know how I got into my current niche. Well, I should be on day 7 by now, but I didn’t start the challenge on time, so I’m writing what should have been done on day 2. So, even though I’ve told this story before, I’ll tell it again. After all, there are probably plenty of people seeing my blog for the first time, and so haven’t heard my story.
Just four years ago, I would have told you I didn’t have any talent. I remember I used to watch “Joy of Painting”, but was afraid to even try painting along because I was sure… just sure… that I couldn’t do it. I was fine with handcrafts, things like macrame and crochet, assembling craft materials into Christmas ornaments, and things like that. I also would occasionally draw, in cartoon like fashion, in order to make visuals for Sunday School, or once to make a collage mural for my daughter’s wall, but “real” art? No way. I didn’t have the ability… I mean, perhaps once I had possessed the potential, when I used to draw as a teenager, but I had left that part of me behind, and surely, was too old to learn and relearn now. The extent of my artistic potential was to stand behind a camera, I did love photography, but painting or drawing, I just couldn’t do that. Or so I thought.
Blogging, an Integral Part of my Journey
Blogging is near and dear to my heart, and is a big part of my story of how I awakened to my inner artist. You see, there I was, homeschooling my children and blogging about it, minding my own business, not thinking about art at all, when a fellow blogger invited me to take part in a blog challenge. Okay, I figured, I’d been part of blog challenges before, so I checked it out. I landed on a blog called Daisy Yellow, and discovered the ICAD challenge, which takes place every June, at that time, it was in its second year.
The idea was simple, each day for the month of June take an index card, and be creative with it. Do anything you want on it, just exercise your creativity.
That looked easy enough, and non intimidating since we were just using index cards. I mean, if you had handed me some expensive art paper, I would have felt reluctant. What if I messed up? I would have hesitated to put anything into a sketch book or on a canvas, those things were for “real artists”. But an index card? Who cared if I messed it up?
So I got some paints, and decided to give it a try.
My New Obsession
As soon as I started putting paintbrush to paper, I discovered a new obsession. I realized that this is what had been missing for so many years. I wasn’t instantly skillful, but I was instantly in love with painting.
Here are some of my index cards created during that first challenge, they aren’t in any particular order. I hope that learning about how I discovered my passion just because I was willing to give something a try, even though I didn’t think I could do it, will encourage my readers, if there is something you want to try, but you’re afraid you won’t be able to do it, just go for it! Take the chance! You just may discover a new passion, but even if not, you can say you tried!