Most of my life I’ve just believed I’m not a very ‘arty’ person. Actually, that idea started properly at secondary school when I just could not seem to produce anything worth looking at. I remember having to draw the corner of my living room for homework to learn perspective. All I learned was how to use a ruler to draw something that looked totally unrealistic, and then use a rubber to within an inch of its life. For those of you who have a gift for drawing, I can not tell you how annoying and frustrating it is to have an image in your head and not be able to translate it to the outside world. At 14 my art teacher laughed at the idea of me doing art GCSE. She gave me an awkward smile and passed by my desk. Fair enough, I hadn’t displayed much talent in my lessons that’s for sure.
But recently I’ve been thinking. At primary school I loved art and making things. Besides, creativity is not just about drawing and painting. I love to write, even down to the feel of a smooth pen in my hand as the ink sweeps out, so I faithfully went to school calligraphy club on Friday lunchtimes. Cooking and baking are so much fun partly because of how beautifully you can decorate and present a dish (see cupcake post!). I can’t for the life of me stop doodling extravagantly, and when I used to run a little group for teenage girls we were constantly creating some kind of mess with beads, paints, pottery and wot not and I loved it. I even found out recently while watching ‘Child of our Time/ The Nation’s Personality Quiz’ that Scientists and researchers score highly in the characteristic of ‘openness’ because you have to think out of the box, be open to new ideas and be creative to do these careers. Well, that put a little smile on my face (and a bit of encouragement in my soul!)
And anyway, most famous artists’ work doesn’t look anything like the thing it’s supposed to be but rather totally out of proportion, skewed and freakish. Well, I can do that! Maybe it’s not always so much about what it looks like but what the sentiments and ideas behind it are, what it’s trying to put across.
Whatever, I’ve been inspired to give myself a bit more time to do what can easily seem a frivolous pass time and so far I’ve really enjoyed it (’cause I’m in charge – no more living room corners!). Nothing I’ve done is jaw-droppingly brilliant, I’m well aware of that, but that’s not the main point. To kick off I thought ‘well, I love doodling, Hundertwasser’s colours and shapes and the universe, so let’s put them together’. Here’s my first project………