I thought that I would occasionally share some my early artwork. Really early, for starters, from when I was from around eight to thirteen years old.
When we buy art books or go to shows, we see an artist’s best work and that is as it should be. But no one starts like Athena springing full-grown from Zeus’ head. No matter how “talented” an artist is, there is still a lot to learn, motor skills to develop and a personal path to find.
Most of us probably end up throwing away far more of our creations than we keep.
The takeaway, I hope, is that you should just start where you are and keep going. And if you want to try making art, DO IT! Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks or if you have “talent” or if you’re “good enough”. Take joy in the process. Like I did as a kid.
Here’s a sampling of some “historic” works that didn’t get round-filed.
2 thoughts on “Every Artist Starts Somewhere-Childhood”
Susan, you’ve always been talented! These are really neat to see, thanks.
I try to look at my writing the same way…just keep writing without regard to whether or not it’ll be a best seller (Wayne Dyer just posted about this in his blog recently, it was a great post). I’d love to have the time to test this concept on drawing too. Thanks for the encouragement.
As far as writing, many people want to be authors. Not so many want to be writers. The main thing is to keep at it. I’m at over 380 blog posts now and it’s been a great way to do a little writing week in and week out. It gets a little easier and faster over time.
Artists who are worried about turning out masterpieces aren’t paying attention to their painting. And no one has control over how something will be received or if it will be considered a “success”. All we can do is learn our craft, practice it with honesty and mindfulness and endeavor to always do our best.