10 Types of Artistic Expression that I Love (And Why I Love them)
I Love Art!
Talk to anyone who knows me at all and they will tell you that I absolutely LOVE Art. All kinds. My husband thankfully shares this love with me, so we frequent art museums and he fully supports me in all my endeavors (I'm so thankful!)
Here is a list of 10 forms of artistic expression that touch me, and why I value them so. I hope this hub will inspire you, as simply writing about my passion for art has inspired me anew!
My first love was drawing, when I was a little girl. Every kid starts out coloring with crayons, and I was no different. It was in elementary school, however, when I first discovered that I really loved drawing in pencil. I remember I drew my Siamese cat, Sarah, looking out the screen door, and in the foreground was a pair of shoes that belonged to my mom. The cat looked okay, but the detailing on the shoes and the shoelaces was what really stood out.
Another memory of a drawing in elementary school that stands out to me is when I was even younger, and all of us kids in class were assigned to draw a chicken. Mine was coming along nicely, but then I messed up. My dad encouraged me by saying that I could just turn it into something else. He said that was the cool thing about art. So, with his inspiring words in mind, I brainstormed on what I could do. I decided to turn the freak line I had drawn into hay. So the chicken looked like he was sitting on a bale of hay, and the drawing turned out looking awesome!
I still love drawing to this day, and I feel so thankful that my parents encouraged me at a young age to continue pursuing my artist endeavors. I love drawing as realistically as I can, but in recent years I've also taught myself how to draw in anime style as well.
2. Watercolor Painting
Watercolor painting is so much fun for me. It's also very relaxing. I took AP Art in high school, and I figured out that the medium I loved the most was watercolor. My favorite piece from that time period, I did in watercolor (featured here, on the right). I titled it "Joy". What I am going for here is capturing the expression of pure delight on someone's face. She is running through a field of flowers, without a care in the world. Painting with watercolors makes me feel that way too - very joyful and peaceful.
What is your favorite type of artistic expression?
3. Writing Poetry
In 5th grade, we did a Poetry Unit in my class. This was when I discovered that I liked writing poems. Until then, I had never really had exposure to the subject.
When my grandma died in 1997 of lung cancer, I needed a way of expressing my emotions. We had just come home one night after her funeral, and everyone in my family was feeling sad and nostalgic. That's when I sat down and wrote one of my first poems. I was 12 years old.
It Won't Be Long
Sometimes it's because of old age
Sometimes it's just their time
But for every single death
There's a reason and a rhyme
And it's okay to be upset
And it's alright to cry
Just as long as you know
That Christians never truly die
People who are believers
Are with the Lord above
There is no sorrow up there
Only joy and love.
So even though it's hard to part
Though only for a while,
It won't be long before the reunion
And you will see them smile.
I wrote a lot more poetry after that. During my teen years, I made a couple of poetry books, which I decorated with magazine clippings and drawings. Someday I hope to publish some of my poems. Poetry has been and continues to be a great outlet for me to express my emotions, and I'm thankful to the teacher who shaped my first impressions of this artistic medium.
I first started scrapbooking when my youngest brother was born. This was in 1998, before Facebook and Instagram, when scrapbooking was still very popular. My first few pages depicting the birth of my little brother and his subsequent babyhood adventures pale in comparison to the elaborate scrapbooks I made for my high school and college years. I came a long way in my scrapbooking abilities, and I really enjoyed it. Occasionally I go back to it, as it really is so much fun to capture your memories in this way. I also have a scrapbook of all the adventures my husband and I went on when we were dating. I imagine someday I'll have time to scrapbook photos of my son, too! For now, when I don't have time to scrapbook, I settle for photo collages that I can easily create with apps on my iPhone, like the one to the right. They make plain pictures so much more fun!
My love of crochet first started when I observed my great-grandmother making something. I saw her crochet hook and her project in her hands, and even as an elementary-schooler, I thought it was neat and wanted to know all about it. I asked her if she would make a blanket for one of my baby dolls. She did so happily, and I still have it to this day.
I became so interested in crocheting that I ended up with pretty much every color of yarn in the rainbow. I make beanies and blankets, and I made a purse for a friend once. I love the magazine Crochet Today! I even got one of my best friends into crocheting, and now she takes a class with her mom on Tuesday nights.
I love crocheting because it's relaxing. You can do it while watching TV or while on a bus or long car ride. The beautiful colors make me happy. I think I literally get endorphins from standing in the yarn aisle at Michaels, I kid you not! I'm so happy I discovered crocheting and I owe it to that first encounter with my great-grandmother all those years ago.
6. Playing Guitar
My dad used to play guitar when I was a little girl. I remember being impressed by his musical talents. I guess that's why in high school, during my sophomore year, I asked my mom if I could take guitar lessons. I took a year of private lessons and learned how to read music (which I now can't remember much of, unfortunately). One year for Christmas, I asked for a blue acoustic guitar, which my parents lovingly bought for me. I still have it, although it often goes unplayed these days. I've learned a few worship songs, and a few secular songs, such as "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" by N'Sync (remember them?) Acoustic guitar is one of the most soothing forms of music to me. I love it listening to artists play acoustic guitar at coffee shops, and I love it in worship music at church as well. There's something about acoustic guitar that is very nostalgic feeling for me, and puts me in a pensive and thoughtful (bordering melancholy) mood. I like that. Perhaps it takes me back to my childhood, when I would sit and listen to my dad play complicated songs like "Classical Gas", and think to myself... Wow. Isn't that beautiful?
7. Acrylic Painting
Oil painting is very difficult for me, although I did try it when I was young, in an art class one summer. An easier and more fun form of painting that I found, besides watercolor, is acrylic painting. I like it because it's a bit thicker than watercolors, but still workable and less messy than oil painting. I've done a few acrylic pieces, but nothing too intensive yet. I hope to paint more in the future.
The acrylic painting to the right was part of a set that I sold to a friend back in 2009 or 2010. I really enjoyed blending the colors together, and because I wasn't trying to capture perfect realism, I felt free to express myself through color.
Photography is another medium of art that I enjoy, but don't know a ton about. However, I do think that my artistic eye helps me to naturally take pretty decent photos. I have a couple of photographer friends who are way more talented than I am in this area, but I still enjoy taking photos of my family and friends, nature, and anything else that catches my eye.
Another thought: Instagram has pretty much made photographers out of all of us nowadays, wouldn't you agree?
This is kind of a stretch... or is it? More and more, I am considering cooking and baking as an art form. I'm sure chefs and bakers would agree with me. My favorite way to cook dinners now that I have an infant son is by using my slow cooker. I love it! It saves me so much time. I love putting the ingredients in there, all jumbled up, waiting a few hours, and then enjoying my beautiful (and tasty) creation.
Food can be beautiful looking, as we all know. Take my deviled eggs, to the right (or angel eggs as some have called them). They look so pretty to me, I almost can't eat them... but I don't let that stop me!
Someone who really inspired me in this area is my old roommate, Amy. She took cake decorating classes and became really good at it. This is something I would be interested in doing in the future. For now, the simple act of baking cookies, cupcakes or banana bread is good enough for me. Baking is relaxing, fun, and comforting. The smell of something baking in the oven when you walk in the door is divine! Mmmm, now I'm wishing I had some chocolate chip cookies right about now.
There are many more types of artistic expression, but the last one I want to talk about here is sewing.
I first became inspired to learn how to sew by my friend Kelli and her mom, who are both great seamstresses. Although we lived far apart, my friend Kelli and I used to visit each other's house every summer; first she would come to my house, then I would go to hers the next summer, and so on. While there we wrote poetry, walked to the video rental store and rented movies, ate pizza, swam in her community pool, and... she taught me how to sew a bit.
Sewing on the sewing machine has always been a daunting task to me. My mother told me a long time ago, when I asked about sewing, "You don't want to learn how to sew. The only time I cuss is when I sew!" I've found this to be true in my own life, as I've experienced many a frustrating time trying to use my sewing machine. However, I still really enjoy trying to sew, and would like to take some classes or maybe spend some more time with my grandmother-in-law, who is an excellent seamstress as well. I've found that hand-sewing can even be a nice alternative, if I don't want to deal with dragging out the sewing machine.
My favorite thing to sew thus far is the octagon-shaped patchwork quilt I've been working on. My husband has a crazy quilt that was made by his great-grandmother, and this quilt inspired me to make one of my own. I love quilts so much. I find them so stunningly detailed, beautiful, and intricate. Quilts are comprised of so many gorgeous shapes and colors that it blows my mind! One person who also really inspired me in the direction of quilting was a lady I met through a mutual friend. I housesat for her a couple of times, and watched her dog while she and her husband were out of town. She had an entire room which she devoted to quilting and other crafts. Her house was so inspiring, with colorful, elegant quilts draped over the beds, couches, and folded in cabinets. Stored away in cabinets! It was sad, I remember thinking. They were so lovely, each one should have been on display for the world to see, or distributed to some fortunate person who could cherish it forever.
The hubby and I once saw a quilt exhibit at the Bowers Museum, and it was lovely. I hope to finish my quilt someday, and maybe even give it to my son to pass down to his children.
I'm Inspired... Are You?
Writing about my love of all things "art" has really inspired me to continue creating and appreciating art, in all its various forms.
If there are any mediums of art that I left out that you would like to discuss, let me know why you love them in the comments below. Thanks for visiting, and I hope this hub encouraged and inspired you!