I am an Artist

I am an Artist! Wow!! It’s been forever to be able to state that I am an artist. Over the years, people recognized some talent, but I never considered myself an artist. What makes an artist an artist? Is it that they publish? Sell? Have a following? I think it is when the artist believes they are an artist. Yes, I’m a person with talents. I sew/tailor, crochet, play a concert flute and a Native American flute, paint, silversmith, potter, sing and others. However, I feel I can call myself an artist now because I feel, in painting, that my talent has grown enough that I can create my own take on ideas, even if I’m taking a class or using somebody’s pattern. I have enough confidence to put my “spin” on the painting. Does this make sense?

Talent is something we learn. It comes easy for some. I learned in high school, that if you don’t at least try something, you might never know what you are capable of accomplishing. I also suppose that some talent is a natural thing, such as being able to carry a tune. But, can carrying a tune also be learned? I learned in grade school to read music. Trust me though, I am not a great singer or flutist. I simply never practiced hard enough. Painting can be learned. There are many technical aspects to painting that if participating in those lessons, one can technically learn to paint. I think painting also takes intuition to know what colors to use, when to “stop”, when a painting might need more. I have not had a lot of technical training in painting, but with the little I have and with my intuition, I am fairly happy with what I have accomplished. I have more to learn and as long as my brain and hands continue to work, I will accomplish more. This is a journey. /per

Published by pattyraz51

05/18/2020: Hi to my fellow bloggers and/or readers!! I am 69 years of age. I have raised four lovely children as a single mother and those children have provided me with 8 lovely grandchildren, to date. I retired from nearly 30 years working in state government in March 2013. I worked mostly in management positions and as an investigator. As a child, I was affectionately called an “Air Force brat”. Our family lived in several countries and states before settling in central Illinois. In 1998, I moved to Arizona and call this my home. Since my retirement, I have worked in the solar industry and have developed a passion for trail hiking. I have returned back to some of my artsy roots and have made pottery, jewelry and painted. I am also writing and committing myself to developing my blog. I hope to bring comfort, motivation and inspiration to fellow bloggers and/or readers. I have a passion for life’s journey and hope this carries me for the next 30 years. Warm Regards.

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