Art has never really been a big thing for me. Ever since I was little, I’ve taken every class you could possibly think of. Swimming, dance, gymnastics, piano, and on and on the list goes. If you can name it, I can assure you I’ve taken it. Not once though, had I ever taken an interest in making pieces of art, whether it was in a class or even a simple doodle at home.
Then, we moved to Greenville, South Carolina. I was in fourth grade and about ten years old at the time. Every Tuesday at school, the entire class would go to the art room and paint or draw something. Our art teacher, Mrs.Smith I believe it was, was pretty old and I don’t remember much about her. One Tuesday, she stood at the front of the class and said that The Children’s Museum of the Upstate had chosen two pieces of art from each school in the district to be showcased there for a month, along with an awards ceremony. To my surprise, a painting I had made of an ice cream cone had been one of the winners from our school. At the time, I was shocked, elated, and couldn’t figure out if everyone else was devastatingly terrible at painting ice cream cones or if I was somewhat good. It didn’t matter though, because that’s when I realized, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed every brushstroke, every precise line and point. The way it came together in the end, maybe if you did it just right, it could be beautiful. What’s more, it could be breathtaking. And even better there isn’t just one ‘right’ way to do it. There are so many ways to paint a single picture and it means so many different things to so many different people.
It has been three years since then, and I live in California now. My style of art has definitely changed and I like to think it has for the better. I lean towards drawing and sketching in pencil now rather than painting. I prefer to draw everyday objects and animals. I might draw an eye, a nose, or an outfit once in a while, but I mostly stay away from drawing people. I learn new techniques and ways of drawing by either watching step-by-step videos or just experimenting myself. Most of my drawings come from inspiration I get off of pictures on pinterest. I try my best to recreate them with a personal twist. Although I’m pretty pleased with my work at times, I have to say, I’m definitely not the best artist out there. I don't draw or sketch nearly as much as I want to, and have only been able to find time every few weeks to actually sit down and get something on paper. However, with all of this quarantine, maybe it’s about time I start sketching a lot more.
Art is about what it makes you feel and how it affects you. It lets you be anywhere or anything you choose to be. Art comes in many forms and can be any one thing and everything all at once. It can be theatre, baking, or even a bird in flight. But overall, art makes you happy. I hope you’ve found your art too, but if you haven’t yet, trust me, you will soon.