As a child I grew up believing I was useless at Art and so for 25 years I avoided it like the plague. The reality is, I had several teacher’s in Primary School who rubbished anything and everything I created.
I often had my art pointed out as an example of “what not to do!”. The other kids would laugh and mock me because I was unable to do exactly what the teacher wanted. My confidence was shattered and my self esteem destroyed. Sadly I believed I was rubbish.
I believed I could not design or create and therefore I had nothing to do art again, not at high school, College or University. (Well, this is what I thought).
I have since discovered that I do enjoy art. I love design. In particular Word and Font Art. I’ve had this talent all along. I just never realised it!
As a high school and varsity student I developed a technique for studying for exams. A method that worked really well for me.
I would draw and design (almost like brainstorming) the facts and knowledge I needed to learn.
I’d put these on small cards and take them everywhere with me, on the bus, in the car, even on the checkout at the supermarket where I worked.
After University I worked as a teacher. I’d create boards to display children’s work and really enjoyed creating different text and font which looked really good.
I’ve also taught adults at my local church and again used my word art skills to make the lessons interesting and more visual.
Despite this I never realised that this was a form of Art, Art that I really enjoyed.
As an avid Journal writer I love to collect quotes.
I always have. My mother collected quotes in a little blue book when I was young and naturally I copied and never stopped.
Again I never realised how much I love small quotes and phrases.
If you ask anyone in my family what I want for Christmas or my birthday the answer will be felt tips. I have so many! I love getting new sets. Sylvia is always trying to use them!
It wasn’t until I got more serious with my Blogging that I started designing Word and Font Art, Small quotes and pictures for my blog.
It finally dawned upon me after all these years that I have a hidden talent. Well I think so anyway and that this is something I enjoy and can share with others.
I’m really quite excited to discover a new or not so new passion. I plan to design more and more each week and hope to share this via my blog and social media.
I once believed I was a failure. I wrongly believed I needed to “Shape-shift” to what others wanted. I not only believed this about Art but I also believed this regarding all aspects of life. I no longer do!
My grandmother discovered her talent for art in her 70’s. She is a fantastic oil painter. I have her Art on my wall.
My six year year old is also incredibly creative for her age. As a parent I encourage Sylvia to follow her dreams. I will not discredit her art work or dampen her self esteem.
I love Sylvia’s creations and every now and again add one to my Blog. These are called, “Little Creations”.
My whole attitude to Art has changed. I even went to Paris to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. I took Sylvia my daughter.
We went to see Van Gough paintings at the French Metropolitan Museum of Art and have also viewed pieces in Belgium and Amsterdam.
It’s amazing how much “grown ups”, teachers and parents can affect a child’s self worth and feelings about their own abilities.
As a mother I do all I can to empower my daughter and teach her that she can do anything she wants to and now that I know this important fact, I will put it into practice.
I’m now learning to draw and create sketches to manipulate into online images for the blog. I find it so fun. I’m working on a picture of my sister. I’m new to all of this but I think I’ve discovered something I love that I never knew and that is graphics, illustrations and art! It’s so exciting I just had to share,
With this said,
I am grateful for talents
I am grateful for Art
I hope you like my quote