I am an artist. I don’t know why that is hard to say. How long do you have to paint, or create art of any kind until you earn that label?
I am self taught. I have had zero art training, in fact the only education I have ended around tenth grade.
A couple years ago I became despondent and depressed, it was around the time my kids all left, I didn’t know what to do with myself. My husband in his infinite wisdom showed up one day with some paints and canvases: ” You’re a creative person, and you’re not being creative, maybe you could paint something….”.
My first painting consisted in just spreading paint around and getting the feel of the brush, the canvas, and letting my mind go blank, it is the one at the top of this page.
I love art, I always have, but a lot of the time I always thought, especially with abstracts, hell, I could do that!
When I started I kind of looked at it like a joke. All these famous artists and it just looked like they dumped a bunch of paint on, smeared it around, and called it a masterpiece. Also this “art” sold for a gazillion bucks. I kept experimenting and found a couple things out.
1. It’s harder than it looks.
2. It felt really good. I was empty, I was profoundly happier when Painting.
3. To my utter amazement, people started buying my stuff.
I spent six months just figuring out how the damn paint works, I was terrified to try to paint people or objects, but really didn’t want to be the girl who painted abstracts because I didn’t take the chance on anything else.
My first self portrait:
Art has saved me in so many ways, I am happier and more content than I’ve ever been in my life. I have created a job that I love. I highly suggest art as an alternative to depression.
A year after I started painting I happened to deliver flowers(my little part time gig for a small shop in town), as unprofessional as I thought it was I asked if the minded if I looked around. The owner asked me if I was an artist… “Uhhh kinda”. I pulled out my phone, pulled up my IG account and handed it to him. I was stunned when he said they were good and that he’d love to represent me. A week later my art was in a gallery. How amazing is that?
I sold my first large Painting exactly a year after I’d started painting, I couldn’t believe what the gallery asked for my art.
My first sold Painting (the largest one):
I continue to learn, I have made a decent living, dog portraits have been pretty popular lately, I recently submitted several paintings to the gallery that I painted from my photos of Ireland, and will be the featured artist this month at gallery stroll.
Life is full of unexpected blessings. Most of all I’m happy to not be in my pit of despair any longer. Art is the only therapy that has ever worked for me. I am whole by having this amazing creative outlet.
My most recent works: