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: Intro

11-11-2010, 02:45 PM
I'm here because I want to learn and meet others with similar leanings. I want to be able to say “I'm an artist”, without feeling obligated to go on about how, “I'm really not very good”, or some other such qualification.

When I was very young people in my life told me I was talented at drawing and I loved art and the place it brought me in my mind. Some how as I got older I started to buy in to the idea that artistic endeavors were impractical and all artists eccentric (the eccentric part I no longer think is a bad thing btw, but I was young and cared more what others think than I do now :)). There's a little more to my abandoning art than this but that is the general idea... and thus I have done very little art in the past 15 years or so. I love art especially portraiture. I know I am lacking in technique and am intimated by mediums with which I have had little experience but I feel it's time for me to get over that bs and learn and develop. Perhaps I'll never be great but I can be the best I can be, (so cheesy but so true).

My grandmother was portrait artist. She was quite good and I am proud to be able to show people her work and would like my family to be able to say the same about me. I feel art is in my blood. Now I just need practice, technique.

My schedule right now is hectic. I work full time, I'm a single mother and soon I'll be doing university classes as well. Still I feel I must make time to develop my artistic side. I have found a life drawing/painting studio near where I live and am going to try to find time to go to drop in sessions, especially since people are my subject of choice. I am also considering taking online classes through Sessions College for Professional Design, but would like to know if they are reputable before I shell out money. Does anyone have experience with them?

I live in British Columbia, in a Vancouver suburb and would love to meet people in the Vancouver art community.

I have included a recent sketch and a monochrome painting below. Please bear in mind that I did them quickly and I recognize some proportions are quite off. I also recognize I have much work to do but also think I have the passion and commitment now to improve. All this said they will give you some idea of my style.

Please note my avatar is me as a child, done by my grandmother in pastel.

Sorry to make this so long. Thank you for being here... I'm glad to have found this place. ([email protected]/5167124313/)
girl in profile ([email protected]/5167124313/) by emilylbagnald ([email protected]/), on Flickr ([email protected]/5167724146/)
blue girl ([email protected]/5167724146/) by emilylbagnald ([email protected]/), on Flickr

11-16-2010, 10:04 AM
Welcome to the forum! Sorry your intro went unnoticed for a bit, the site is still pretty new. :)

I'm glad to hear you want to get back into art after some years off. Having the passion and commitment is a great start, the rest will fall into place. Please continue to share your works, you've certainly got the ability to go far.

11-17-2010, 09:01 PM
Hi there!

Good work, your grandmother sounds like an awesome woman :). I find that the more I draw/whatever the better I am at it which is why I am horrible at things I don't like to do aka cleaning up after myself :D. With time and practice you are sure to become great master artist. For now though enjoy the ride.

11-20-2010, 01:57 PM
Welcome. I too have recently returned to art. I know the thoughts about is being an artist practical. At the end of my high school years, my father offerd to send me to Paris to study. I passed the admissions but was not sure about the practicallity of art as a career. I gave up the chance of Studing in Paris.