Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at Sunrise is breathtaking.Â That’s where I was Monday morning as I headed into the city on the bus to take my first figure drawing course of the semester.
How fortunate I am to be living in such an amazing part of the world!
I am now in my second week of grad school and up to my eyeballs in homework.
Arriving two hours early for my first class, I found refuge in the warmth of a Starbucks.
As I sat sipping hot cocoa, I thought about my journey to becoming the artist.
I am not a deep artist,Â I am a joyful one.
Though this is a simple statement, it took me time to come to terms with it. Earning my Bachelors in Art during the 21st century, I was facing an art world focused on abstract, political, andÂ sometimes bizarre or disturbing work.
My instinct gravitates towards beauty and joy. Twice during my education, I attempted to join the contemporary movement by making deep dark pieces.Â They failed miserably.
Not only were they failures but I did not enjoy the process.Â I came to conclusion that art is self expression and one must be true to themselves when creating.
Below I have listed four simple steps on how to remain true to your artistic self.
1.Â Trust your instincts
2. Create what your passionate about not what the media dictates
3. Do not give up
4. Find joy in the process
(Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.Â She is still a strong supporter of 8 Women Dream and you will see her in the comments on the blog.)