An artist is anyone who creates, and I love creating! And whether you realize it or not, you are an artist, too.
I used to be really into photography (black and white), taking 3 years of classes at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. I took photos of so many different subjects—anything that caught my eye and I wanted to preserve. I had my own darkroom at home and spent hours at a time developing what are now precious memories for me.
Some great advice from a teacher about shooting photos: when you don’t have your camera, or don’t have time to capture the moment on film or digitally, take it in, look at it—really see it in your mind, create a vivid visual image—making a deep and lasting impression so you can remember it easily; it’s like taking a photo with your eyes and brain, and storing it on your own internal hardware.
At first, it was not easy for me to consider myself an artist; there were people out there who were true artists, and how could I dare compare myself with them? They could actually draw and paint very well—realistic, life-like art—like you see in museums; that is true talent. I’m not stupid; I know that I am not in the same category with the masters, or even many other talented and gifted artists, but I have come realize that I AM AN ARTIST!
The first time I said that out loud was when I submitted several framed photos to be exhibited at a church, and was asked if I was the artist. I remember pausing to think about that question: “Am I an artist? Really?” Then out of my mouth came, “Yes,” and then I smiled. It felt good. From that moment on I considered myself an artist, regardless of any subjective opinions about my talent or skills.
It’s really all about how we think of ourselves, whether we’re talking about art or anything else. Do we really need to care so much about how others might judge us? What’s truly important is how we think of ourselves.
By the way: Some of my “crazy abstracts” are on exhibit at The Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, Arkansas right now through April 19, 2015. If you’re in Little Rock, and get chance, stop by The Rep any time (you can see the art whenever they’re open during box office hours) and hopefully be inspired to express yourself.
If you’re not in Little Rock, you can see a trio of paintings from the exhibit on my website blog: CWLauro.com
Also, I invite you to please join in and spell TIA in a fun way, then send it to me at my email address shown on my website CWLauro.com, so it can be shared. Thank you!
Until next time…
Blessings, Love & Light,
Cathy (aka TIA)