Mr Toast has set today's Creative Tuesday Challenge topic as "Art"! He is a little mischievous I feel :)
And like Mr Toast's last topic (taking flight) I can feel another story coming on.... :)
I spent my last year at high school putting together a portfolio with the hopes of going to art college..it was the direction I'd always been headed in but which I decided whole heartedly at the age of 12 when teachers start going on about careers!
However, about 6 weeks before handing in my portfolio a conversation with my art teacher turned my whole aspirations upside down, knocked everything side-ways and COMPLETELY changed my direction.
He mentioned that to be a "true artist" you have to "eat and live, sleep and breathe art"... my limp response being "well....I like doing it"!!
I remember that conversation SOOOO vividly. Because what it immediately conjured up in my 16 year old mind was the pained tormented artists that we had been covering in art history...Van Gogh cutting off his ear, Gaugin and his depression. I thought a) that I never wanted to be that tormented b) I love doing it therefore c) that I could never be a "proper artist" which lead to d) that I clearly wasn't good enough to entertain such notions of going to art college!
So I went to University to study Social Anthropology instead........ :)
It has taken me 20 years to work out something so blatantly obvious to most (except for me!!) and to also re-kindle my desire to making my creativity more than just a dabble.
The obvious thing being that my art teacher WAS right..when you're creative you do "eat and live, breathe and sleep " art. The ridiculous thing that I couldn't see for looking was that THIS is what I have ALWAYS done! But its not in the serious austere way he made me feel it "should" be....more the joy and freedom I feel in my heart when being creative, that it is such a natural part of me I am not even aware of eating, living and breathing it!!
I feel a big "DOH!" coming on!! :)
So that's where the above little painting comes from......Art keeps me rooted and present whilst taking me to the highest heights of my imagination. It is part of my heart and what makes me ME!
I love that "art" is hidden in the word "heart"...but look closer! Can you see that the word "earth" takes shape ....and "hear the art" too!!! :)
I'm sure there are more words hidden in there...let me know if you do see any others :)
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