ART CHAT – named and explained!
Art Chat is a new blog series – kinda like a mix of show and tell and coffee chats about all things art related.
Last month I wrote a post to share my latest artwork with a plan in mind to do more similar posts in the future. I struggled to know what to call these posts. I was going to call them Arty Farty or something similar but after googling Arty Farty decided against it (it’s all explained in that post). So, I just called it ‘Latest Artworks’ and that felt kinda boring.
Since then, lots of different art related blog post ideas have been flying around in my brain – not just sharing my latest art works. So, I’ve decided on an ‘ART CHAT’ series. These posts will be published sporadically – when ideas and time permits (no more than once weekly).
I went back and renamed that last post, now the first in the new series so it is now called ART CHAT #1 – Latest Artworks.
For anyone who stumbles across this Art Chat series here’s a bit of background on me and my journey with art.
Since I left my corporate life back in 2012 I’ve been on a journey of discovery trying to work out who Min is and what she likes to do. I started blogging in September 2012 and it has been fabulous for helping me find Min! Sounds weird doesn’t it, but when your life has been all about others & obligations for so long, you tend to lose yourself. Amazingly, here I am all these years later (it’ll be 10 years of blogging for me in September this year) still blogging!
I dabbled in photography. I even did a course and obtained a Diploma in Professional Photography. I loved photography (and still do) – particularly nature and natural light photography, but when I felt pressure to make something of it, the passion disappeared.
One day I decided to explore art. I always had this gut feeling there was a bit of an artist within me hoping to get out, but I never had the time to explore it and find out. I signed up to some Art Mentoring classes with Natalie of Studio Yellow. These modules are like taste testing different art mediums and along the way you can discover what you like and what you don’t like and you learn so much more as well.
Soon after I started with Studio Yellow I decided to embark on a 100 Day Project. A girl I’d met in class had been doing one for her block printing and I thought that maybe I should do it too to help me make art more of a habit. I had not been doing any art except at art class. At this point I still had not found my inner creative and was hoping to gain some confidence and more clarity about what kind of art I enjoyed doing.
The 100 day project was quite the commitment but worth every bit of it. Doing art every day loosened me up and led me to the discovery that I could draw and I could paint and that I quite liked combining ink and watercolour. You can see my 100 Day Project posts here.
I hope you will enjoy this series and please, if you have any ideas of what you’d like to see as part of this series, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
By the way, the art within this post is from art class today. A bit of fun play and exploration with watercolours, tissue paper, words, and a water sprayer!
Ciao for now,
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