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The Artist We All Have Within-Discover Them Now!

Updated on June 4, 2010
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Finding Your Inner Artist

Being a professional artist for the last 25 years has made me feel that all of us have an inner creative side. Therefore, I firmly believe that all people are born "artists"!

Everyone can rember how, as children, we all loved drawing, finger-painting, etc. Think of all of the children you know that have crayons and coloring books! The wonderful thing was, we didn't care what others thought of our efforts, we were just having fun!

Somehow, as we age, we often lose that creative innocence and exuberance, and in the process, lose a very gratifying part of our lives. I see people every day that are unhappy and depressed, and don't understand why. I believe that if they could "rediscover" a creative outlet of some form, it would so enrich their lives that they would return to it again and again. Often I hear adults say, "I can't do that! I can't even draw a straight line!". Well, the straight lines don't matter; it's the curved and crooked ones
that are more interesting!

I personally have never had any formal art traing or real lessons. You can go that route if you wish, but I wanted to develop my own ersonal style. I am totally self-taught. My husband is also a self-taught artist when he has any spare time which isn't much these days, and he is suffering as a result of not having the time to get "recharged" basically, because he, like so many others, has this creative side but no time to explore it because he is so busy working. He is never so happy and at ease as when he is working on an extremely detailed piece.

I put up one of my husbands works as an example for you. I would have posted one of my works, but they have all been sold, and I am in the middle of working on a new piece so I can get it up and shown by my art rep. That's right, I actually have an art "rep" or agent, and I need to get busy, but haven't had the time. Every day my muse from the canvas calls my name and I don't have the time to answer because I am too caught up in the holidays coming.. Anyway, back to what I was saying.

The wonderful thing about art is that what you create is a very personal part of you, and that carries over to your work. It can and has been proven to be incredible therapy for those who have had traumatic experiences and need an outlet to be able to express what is on the inside. That is what got me started, and one day I literally woke up and said,"Today, I start painting!" I did, and two months later sold my first piece. Next thing I knew, I had a custom artwork shop going out of my home, and later, opened a brick and mortar store that I had for over a year, until my mother became ill. So, I went back to painting from home, and have been ever since.

Another misconception is you have to do things a certain way, and invest in expensive supplies, expensive brushes, etc. This is a fallacy! You can begin with inexpensive paints and a nice inexpensive set of basic brushes to start with, until you get the hang of things, and also-play around with different creative processes. If painting is not for you, think of another creative endeavor that might be more to your liking. Remember-whatever you create is YOUR art!

Kris, my husband, started out designing book covers in elementary school for extra money. April, (my daughter-in-law) started out scrap-booking about two years ago, and has taken off with her own designs and also makes beautiful and intricate greeting cards and invitations.using her different techniques she has picked up and created on her own.. I have also worked in ceramics, clay,and jewelry, and have sold items through wholesalers in Texas and Colorado. I have painted in acrylics, oils, and enamels on canvas, metal, wood, glass and anything else I can come up with to attach paint to! All because one day, I decided I wanted to paint! Go ahead,-give something a try! "If you can dream it, you can do it"!



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    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Joni:

      I believe so... Thanks for reading and becoming a fan!

    • Joni Douglas profile image

      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      Great hub. We all have that creative streak hidden inside somewhere, just have to tap into it I guess.

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Life Unplugged:

      Thanks for your comments! I firmly believe that "art" is for everyone!

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      Life Unplugged 

      8 years ago

      That was one nice article ,and moreover it's not necessary that we create art with view of selling ,it can be individualistic expression of creativity that we can treasure !

      Thanks for your views !

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      rvsource,

      Although I have only studied Zen a small amount, I do tend to agree with you. Especially as with myself, when I paint or am working on some creative process, I enter literally into a different "zone". I go into a meditative state, almost, where time passes and I have no idea of how much, until something happens to "bring me back around" to real time, I suppose you would call it. Sounds like you understand it-most in my family don't. They just all think I am crazy (for various reasons), lol!

      Thanks for your comments!!

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      rvsource 

      8 years ago

      I prefer to think of an artist as a master of "ZEN"

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      I told my husband your idea for the name of his piece that I showed in this hub, and he agreed. The way he approaches his art is totally different than mine, but it fulfills him in the same way that it does you and I. He had never thought of what he did as "art" until I came along and encouraged him. When he actually sold something for the first time, he was blown away that someone would actually PAY for something he had done, lol!

      The thing about his work, and most abstracts I see is that they can mean different things to different people. I love that about art in general! Plus, I have learned new things from watching him and he has gotten braver about trying different mediums than what he was used to. The most wonderful thing about art is "the journey". You never reach the end of the road.

      Laura T.

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      rvsource 

      8 years ago

      Hi Laura

      I would call the "Untitled" piece at the top "Life" if it were me!

      I'm not sure why, but it came to my mind as I was looking at it, something about the "clock" in the middle.

      Great blog!

      Jeff

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      poetlorraine,

      You can paint today, if you choose to! Just get some brushes and paints of your choice and give it a go! Follow your heart-it will lead you where you want to go!

      tnderhrt23,

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub! I always like hearing from other creative minds. Sorry for the late responses-I had to change computers for my responses to show up for some reason...Now I am playing catch-up all at one time, lol!

      Laura T

    • tnderhrt23 profile image

      tnderhrt23 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! Developing that creative desire within has been one of the most therapeutic, fulfilling endeavors in my life. Through good times and bad, happy or sad, creating has brought happiness...Your hub is very inspiring!

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      poetlorraine 

      8 years ago

      i whole heartedly agree, i know one day i will paint, i know it

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