I think I have a problem, more than the usual. I have so many ideas swimming around in my bag of cats I call a brain! I find it nearly impossible to dedicate myself to one specific type of art or craft. I get bored and distracted easily. Maybe that is why I am always doing a million things or project at once. Jack of all trades, master of none!
I have loved taking pictures since I was little, and being a photographer was one of my first career choices, other than fighter pilot, dancer, and the usual kid dreams. Not that a career you decide on when you are 12 is what you are going to end up with. I never moved to New York or Chicago to become an artist either. Now that I have a nice camera, I have been taking lots of pictures. I think I have even sold one!
When my parents bought their house when I was in 5th grade, the previous owner had a train platform in an L shaped room in the basement. Underneath it was a great space for storage, and of course a play place for us kids! A few years later I asked my parents if I could tear down the back half of the platform and make the area into an art studio. They said go for it. That was one thing I am eternally grateful for, they never really told me no when it came to my art. I glued things to the wall, it was fine. I painted the walls a strange shade of peach and painted clouds over it, they never said no, or at least shook their heads in disbelief when I wasn’t looking. they never told me that any of my weird creation looked funny, or that they did not like them. I know I was a very strong willed child, and that the may times I fought with my parents was probably my fault, but letting me run wild with my creativity was the best thing they could have ever done for me!
ADD kicked in again! Where was I? Oh yeah, crafting! I stared making simple beaded necklaces in high school, and even sold a few to some classmates. After high school. my then boyfriend, Trever, bought a dreamcatcher earring set to make for me. He lacked the dexterity to weave the web so I took the project over. I was hooked! I fell in love with the creation of something to beautiful out of a piece of sting and a it of metal. So that is where my love of jewelry making came from.
I have always been a painter, abstract mostly. I haven’t painted much recently, but I have gotten into Mixed Media. I love combining paper, paint and whatever else I can think of to combine. Mixed Media is really the perfect thing for me. There is no right or wrong, just whatever feels right. I can combine all forms of art into the perfect combo of crazy artsiness!
When taking pictures, I have always been draw to pattern and shadow. Even something as simple as a brick wall is amazing to me. The perfect lines, all even. So this shot of the wall with the metal gate in front with the shadows on the wall was perfect. I am fascinated by how images change in different lighting. Lines and textures have always been something I have been drawn to. So when I can find am image of shadow, line and texture, I am in heaven!
Maybe this will explain why I am so all over the place when it comes to my art. I am gonna enter this contest, have a booth here, show my work there, do a quarter auction, SQUIRREL! Wait, I am OK, of can keep on task…maybe for a few minutes anyway!