And it did — for a while. I still adore writing (oh, don't get me started) but, well, isn't it human to always want more? One can't eat apple pie every day without fantasising about the occasional self-saucing pudding.
Art was always there, though,(I have several half-filled and abandoned sketchbooks in the bottom of my wardrobe and many more furtive scribbles have gone into the recycle bin). Yes, art was there but very much on the periphery. Not only that, over the years I have enjoyed the friendship of many professional visual artists and for a time was happy to live vicariously. But somewhere along the line it all got too much. I could no longer simply stand outside the lolly shop.
Art has brought connection, colour, a form of meditation that is dreamy and gentle. I adore art. I think about it constantly. I see the world differently. I lose sleep when I have new supplies waiting in the wings. Honestly, when the ideas are bubbling, every night is like the night before Christmas. I have no plans whatsoever for my art. Nothing. Zippo. I want nothing from it. All I want to do is learn and play and experiment and spread the word.
If you have the faintest of callings, even the most gentle stirrings, please, please take heed. How do you feel about art? Has it enriched your life? Are you itching to get your hands on some coloured pencils but keep putting it off? I would love, love, love to know! For me, art is a blessing. Every single day it raises me above the mundane, gets me out of my head and excites my imagination.
Art is for all of us. Enjoy it. Share it. Spread the word. Inspire your heart with art and, through its gifts, love your life just that little bit more. That is my wish for you, dear reader. xx
|Simple shapes that don't require great drawing skills. Collage background, mixed media— student acrylics, pitt pens, pitt pastel pencils.|
|All the little people. I could never write about them all but at least they catch a glimpse of life this way.|
|Always drawing what's on the table. Still figuring out how to make it look like it's not sliding off!|
|Watch out if I'm sitting behind you in a cafe. I'll be drawing you. Yes, indeedy.|