I was reflecting today on where my journey with art began. To be honest, I can't really remember when it wasn't an important part of my life. Even in the years I didn't paint, I was constantly in creation mode.
As a youngster, I was really big into cartooning, probably more so than anything else.
I was a bit of a tomboy growing up. The thought of wearing a dress or anything pretty made my stomach turn! My Saturday mornings consisted of Spiderman, Tom & Jerry and Bugs Bunny. That and perhaps a game or two of PacMan.
Archie, Veronica and the gang influenced me a lot and when I wasn't drawing, I'd be using them to imprint images onto my Silly Putty. 🌝
I did enjoy coloring, as do a lot of children. I had a special liking for the bold lines and variety of imagery. I could never quite be satisfied with the colors though. No matter what crayons, felts or pencils I chose, they never seemed to be bright enough. It never came out exactly the way I had imagined.
I was an intense and a very serious child which made for intense and serious art! I was definitely about getting it perfect. Which is kind of funny now that I think about it. In my current style, I try to embrace all of the beautiful 'mistakes'. These are the authentic parts that we all own, the pieces that set us apart from everyone else. I love it when I'm really able to bring that energy into my work.
I believe being able to trust your own creative eye is important for the process. Although it's not always the most comfortable feeling, the fact is, it's ok to be in that vulnerable place. Being there will help your soul to grow and help you to discover your truth.
Yes, I loved my food as much as I loved art and still do. :)