Childhood doodling

Friday, January 23, 2015


When I was a child, say about 6 years old, my preferred drawing medium was chalk. I had an easel blackboard and I'd spend hours sitting in front of it, doodling away, lost in my own world. I tended to draw buildings, houses mostly, that sat under a thin layer of blue sky and a massive yellow spiky sun, surrounded by brightly coloured flowers which were inevitably the same size as the house. You'll know exactly what I mean if you've got kids. Then I would wipe it away and start all over again. Sometimes I wish I still had that blackboard... toddles off to B&Q for some specialist paint.


By the time I was at high school I'd discovered pencils and the chalk got packed away. I never liked school but art was of course my favourite subject. When we were given drawing assignments for homework I'd always do much more than was asked for. I loved getting that little score out of ten from the teacher. A few times I actually got a ten and then I would momentarily forget the hell that was PE lessons. Usually though I got a 6 or 7 but that was okay.


Considering my preoccupation with drawing buildings I guess it was only a matter of time before I found my self working in the architectural field, first as a technician and then as a design assistant. I gave that up after a few years and did something completely different. Well you've got to change things up a bit, haven't you?


Now I try to think of myself as an artist although it doesn't seem to sit right. I'm not famous or well-known, I haven't had grand exhibitions and sold dozens of pieces of work. That's what it means to be an artist right? Well that's what I used to think but by using the mantra “I'm an artist” over and over all throughout the day (actually that's not true, I haven't got the attention span to repeat it all day) I'm beginning to realise that despite not yet achieving the things I just mentioned I'm still creating, still putting pencil to paper or brush to canvas and that makes me an artist. Oh yes indeedy. And hopefully by the end of the year I'll have sold a few pieces and had an exhibition of some sort. Now where did I put my book on the Law of Attraction? (By book I mean Kindle)



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