art, creativity, inspirational

Becoming an Artist

I’m in one of the most exciting times of my life. About a year ago I decided to stop being afraid and take the plunge into art. I’ve always dreamed of being an artist, but felt it was something I’d missed the boat on because I hadn’t started when I was young. I felt that being in my forties was too late to learn something so complicated. Am I ever glad I was wrong.

imagePainting and drawing are some of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done and that’s saying something. I’m also an author and have published several books (I’m in a career shift to Young Adult right now, so my books are currently unavailable. More on that later). I love writing, especially as I have found my true voice in YA, but I didn’t feel that complete feeling I have now until I started expressing my visually creative side. Now I can’t imagine not having both. It’s like they complement each other.

imageI’ve only been doing art for about 10 months, but I’m amazed at my progress. My secret is a little bit of talent and a whole lot of hard work and not being afraid to try anything. I’ve realized that my love is drawing in many mediums and painting in watercolour. It’s what I do best and what I enjoy the most. It took a bit of playing around to see what was going to stick and that’s what I’ve landed at. If you’re thinking about trying art and you haven’t picked up a pencil or paintbrush in years or ever, don’t hesitate. There are so many great tutorials online that you could never run out of teachers. We are in a great age for learning anything that strikes your fancy.

Try it, you won’t regret it. And who knows, maybe you’ll really surprise yourself.


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