Why am I writing this blog?

When I was a child, around four or five years old, I realized that I loved drawing. Of course, I would doodle and scribble “abstract” art all over whatever surface I could get away with scribbling – to my mother’s despair.

By the time I was eight or nine, I had taught myself how to copy Disney princesses just by looking at them. I am embarrassed to admit it, but Disney princesses were a big influence on my artistic inclinations as a child.

I begged my parents to sign me up for art classes, and they complied. But as fate would have it, I was only able to attend for three months because my family received the news that we would be moving to the United States in a few years. So my mother swapped the art lessons for English lessons. I said goodbye to my dreams and focused on learning English after school, which didn’t leave neither time nor money for much else.

By the time I was 11 years old, my family moved to New Jersey. The English classes came very much in handy, but I still had a desire for learning how to draw.  Structured art classes never came my way because I was too busy traveling between two countries (I was finishing private school in my country of origin and would come to the States during the summers) until I turned 16 and my parent decided the children needed to finish their high school education in America.

I took digital art during my junior year because it was all that was offer at my high school and I was even able to win a competition.fullsizerender

My mother was against the idea of studying art in college. I suffered through a series of major changes and ultimately ended dropping out of school because I didn’t know what I wanted to do that wasn’t art.  Through all this turmoil I picked up a few art books and tried to work on teaching myself, but there wasn’t a structured approach that I could follow with certainty.

How would I know when I was ready to move on from drawing to painting? I didn’t have the money to pay for art classes.  I was waitressing and sharing an apartment with three other “hippies,” jumping from music festival to music festival and living in a chronic state of depression — all because there wasn’t anybody there to accept my artistic inclination and guide me as a child.  I grew up believing that my desire to become an artist was unimportant and invalid, and that was killing me.

During my late twenties, I decided to go back to school and finish my degree. I found marketing, which I have an affinity for.  By that time, I had completely given up on the idea of becoming an artist but I never gave up the desire to paint and draw.

Life really does unfold in very mysterious ways.  Just by coincidence, I happened across the atelier method of training for artists when, by happenstance, I found a Bargue plate.

Atelier training is very strict, but I think it offers a structure that’s clear to follow for anyone attempting to teach themselves.

I have researched some schools in my area that teach this method. They are very expensive.  At the moment, I am a broke college student trying to finish a degree, so I have decided to follow the curriculum on my own as far as I can, and until I can afford to pay for the classes at an actual atelier.

This blog is here to help me document my effort and as a way to synthesize the lessons I will complete. So, this space is pretty much a note to self.

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3 Comments

  1. Good luck on your journey. I’m glad I found your blog, and I will look forward to following your progress. Teaching ourselves has lots of advantages as well as a few disadvantages. We have to make a lot of decisions and that’s not always easy. Let’s stay in touch!

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      1. Thanks so much. I share a lot of my frustrations, but that’s part of the journey. Unlike you, I didn’t have any natural drawing ability when I began in 2015, so I’ve had to work very hard to develop even the most basic skills. But the rewards are definitely worth it!

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