Today I really want to talk about hobbies. I've never really considered myself a person with quote unquote hobbies.
I grew up in a home of artists. My dad was a sign painter for most of my life. He was also an amazing sketch and airbrush artist who had a long career as a custom [car] painter doing everything from race cars, painting murals, and creating more candy colors than I can count. Then there is my younger brother who can draw like you've never seen. Truly, he should be a cartoonist or illustrator (among his many other skills). I always felt like the odd ball out because "drawing" and "art" never came naturally to me. Heck, even my grandmother and great-grandmother painted china. I just never felt like I fit into the artist bucket I grew up around.
Over the years I ended up earning a reputation as a sort of Jacqueline-of-all-trades, which has been both a blessing and a curse. In school it meant that I seemed to easily excel at all subjects without much effort. I look back now and realize that I spent hours "studying" by rewriting notes in ink until the entire page had zero mistakes. Yea... I was a tad bit cooky! It wasn't until high school that I truly felt like I had an artistic, creative side. I was in photography and yearbook classes my junior year which was beyond fun. Yearbook really helped me understand layout and the composition of a page which only helped me further in my dark room photography class. My dad always loved photography so I figured that I just got the more broad artistic vision. I accepted I would never be gifted at "art".
Now that I am older I realize how truly naive I was. I mean, I thought not being able to draw meant I wasn't an artist. Geezers. Let's go smack some sense into 16 year old me...
Fast forward to 2013. James jokes about how "intense" I get about my hobbies. I don't think about them as hobbies. "Them" being watercolor, calligraphy, and designing, whether it be for the blog, for photos, or for fun. I think about them as skills. I think about them as things I have to work on to be good at. I don't expect to be good at my "art" overnight like I used to. It took me until now to realize that hobbies and skills take years to accumulate. Looking back, it took me 3 years of custom cake design to feel like I was as good as everyone told me I was. It also took me 3 years of blog design to feel like I could actually make it look on screen like I saw it in my head. Things take time...
Right now I've been doing watercolor for about 3 months and calligraphy for about 3 days. I know that I have so far to go but these are things I'm willing to do for years to progressively get better at. I'm not in a hurry. I love my art. I love being an artist. I love my hobbies.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT? WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY LIKE?
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: HANNAH KONST