How did you find yourself?

Hi, I wanted to tell you that you are an inspiration to me as i too am a self taught artist. I do not have your success and have just recently begun to think about trying to expand my horizons into the art field. I only work in oils and have labored many hours to learn to paint in a realistic style. I have a long way to go. I need much more discipline and need to hone my skills (drawing). I have sold a few paintings and have three in a gallery but have not really taken myself seriously (although I want too) I can not think of anything I would rather do than paint….and when i do not do it i feel guilty and hate myself and everyone else too. Anyway, your work is beautiful and makes me feel that I too could one day do as you have as a self taught artist even though I do not have a degree.

Have you taken many classes or did you go it alone, i know how confusing it can be, well it least it has been for me but I am beginning to get a better feel for it, i refused to take local classes (small town) because everyone painted one dimensional flat paintings and they all looked the same. Have you ever encountered this?

I do have a School of Art series of vhs tapes from the 1990’s that helped a great deal and lots of reference material.

How did you find yourself?



One Reply to “How did you find yourself?”

  1. Cheryl,
    Thank you for your lovely comments in my guestbook.
    To answer your question…I have never taken any classes. I did sign up once for a community class at the adult school here, but that was a disaster! A woman showed up…said, “take out your supplies and start painting. I believe students learn best by just doing.” That was it. Half the class got up and left and the rest just stood there dumbfounded.
    And for your other question…I can’t remember-even as a small child, not knowing that this was what I was going to do for the rest of my life. To this day, if I am busy with all the other aspects of running a business, house and family-without accomplishing some creative process in a day…my personality changes. Creating is as much a part of me-and as necessary, as the air I have to breathe to stay alive. It sounds full of drama, but true. I will often catch myself humming for no apparent reason, after I have finished a day, an hour or even a few minutes of painting.
    Bj. de Castro

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