In January this year I was part of my first art show ever. I showed a drawing in the self-portrait exhibition at Gage. It was not easy to make the next step and show a drawing publicly. Massive self doubts crept up, what might others say or think – you know. BTW showing your art in a gallery space (hanging physically on a wall) is different from posting it online – after all you might run into someone who actually knows you 🙂
It’s difficult enough to show for the first time but to show a self portrait for starters was even harder. Anyway, I did it – here I hang:
The show was judged. I didn’t win anything. But, my drawing actually hung right next to the first place winner and one away from the second place winner. I’m taking this as a good sign – and encouragement to keep going. 🙂
One of my friends designs beautiful jewelry and creates fascinating oil paintings influenced by her Persian roots. One day, inspired by her passionate work I decided to try my hand at drawing.
We have a drawing in our living room that I’ve always liked. It shows a little boy bathing. So, I took it off the wall, sat down, placed it in front of me and started drawing what I saw. About an hour later I was finished – here it is:
(For the record: this is a drawing of another drawing that I own. I drew it myself but it’s not an original piece of art of mine. I did it for the purpose of studying.)
I was very pleased with the result. At the same time I was completely surprised. I have no idea where this came from. I did not know that I was able to draw. Anyway, the more important discovery was that I felt really good. I had enjoyed the process very much and I decided to keep studying.