“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”-Oprah Winfrey
My last blog inspired me to write about the progression of my work. I’ve always been attracted to shapes, patterns, and abstract designs. I often find myself doodling on paper while I’m supposed to be doing something else. I find it very therapeutic and relaxing. Recently, I found an old computer hard drive that had the original drawings that started my journey of becoming the artist I am today. I was deeply blown away how far I have come!
Back in collage, I was a graphic design major for 3 years and hated it. I enjoyed the design classes but when it came to drawing people and real things, I lost interest. I decided last minute to combine my art credits into a fine arts degree. I had to take one more elective to qualify, so I took an art therapy class. This class had seriously changed my life. I discovered that just because I was a failed art student, it didn’t mean I failed as an artist. I was introduced to zentangles and how to make art with patterns. After I was done with the class I still continued to make art on my own while I took an on a second major.
Here is my progress over the past 10 years:
I used to draw a lot of patterns and abstract designs during class and then I would turn these drawings into something bigger. At times, if I didn’t like how sharpie looked on paper, I would Photoshop the drawings to clean them up.
After working on other art projects throughout the years, I went back to zentangle designs. I didn’t want to draw on paper anymore, so I found some broken pieces of dry wall in my apartment attic. (Please click on the image to get a better look)
I took 3 years off from creating art (Please see pervious blog, “Why Vinyl Records?). Here are the first few records I created with plain white acrylic paint and sharpie markers.
Here are the first colored records. I experimented with a variety of markers that would work on top of the spray paint.
Here are my present day records!
I still have a lot more to learn and hope to experiment with new tangles to incorporate into my future work. Thank you all for stopping by and please stay tune for more updates.