Artiscoveries Means “Art Discoveries”
“Artistcoveries” is a site for artists — like me — who are in the process of discovering their personal relationship with the incredible world of art. It’s about exploring ideas and techniques as we begin to see ourselves as true artists — a word I never thought I’d associate with myself. It’s about discovering who we are as we uncover exciting new ways to create art, to express ourselves, and to share our joy with others.
I began “learning” art in June 2015. I don’t profess to be good at it, yet I do see improvements in my work every day. Although I call myself a “self-taught” artist, I couldn’t have progressed as far as I have without the instruction I found in many helpful books, online tutorials, and artist blogs. From time to time I will be mentioning various resources I’ve used which have been of value in my studies.
Why Am I Doing This?
That’s the question shouting through my brain right now. I’m not a trained artist. I’m not talented. My work is mediocre at best and my subjects wholly unoriginal. That said, I’m enjoying my foray into the art world, and I’m proud to call myself an artist despite my lack of formal instruction. I probably wouldn’t have attached that title to myself had it not been for friends and acquaintances who discovered my new passion for drawing, sketching, and painting and then began to refer to me as an artist.
Again and again, I hear comments such as these:
You’ve obviously tapped into a talent you’ve always had inside.
Well, you’ve got artistic talent, but I don’t. I could never learn to draw.
Artists are born not made, so you had to be born with your talent.
To which I reply:
Believe me, if I can learn to draw, anyone can learn to draw.
But drawing is only the beginning of the fun an artist can have. Now that I’ve developed a few basic pencil skills, I’ve been able to move on to discover charcoal drawing, conte sticks — I’d honestly never heard of conte until last December — colored pencils, pen and ink, oil pastels, watercolors, tempera painting, gouache, and as artists around me devise new ways of applying various media — cold wax, heated drawing boards — the discoveries I have yet to make appear limitless.
Thank you for visiting ARTISTCOVERIES and sharing this journey with me.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know. My hope is that in some way my love of art can touch you and help you in your own art discoveries.