My journey as an artist began August 2020. One day on a family vacation, I picked up some markers and paper and drew the scene across the street. I was given some ideas on technique from the young adults who were vacationing with me. Here’s my first piece:
I thought “Hey, this is kind of good.” I received feedback of this kind from others and I began to feel emboldened to try other things. I would see something and say “Can I draw that?” I found that I was looking at the details of the subject and seeing things I never saw before.
Then I started to learn about other mediums beyond colored pencils and markers. I fell in love quickly with oil pastels. I watched brief You Tube videos. I also got some assistance about what to buy from the sales people at the art store.
I discovered then that I loved plein air drawing. I also got introduced to better quality products. Once I found Sennelier oil pastels, a passion began! I started to pursue beautiful places to draw.
On one occasion, I went to Heritage Gardens in Sandwich, MA. Quite a few passersby stopped to check out what I was doing. I was a little bit intimidated, but I thought, in my best extroverted way, that I would talk to people; show them my work; tell them my story; and tell them that I love an audience.
One person, who stopped on this occasion, asked if I sold my artwork. She also said that she could tell I was good. I was only about 20% done with the piece. She bought the piece I was working on right then and there. Of course, upon completion, I mailed it to her. She asked that I add the dog and was thrilled to be my first commission.
Having sold my first piece of artwork, with only one month as an artist, thrilled me to no end! I felt so validated!
I became emboldened and started to branch out in my efforts to sell my artwork. I created an Etsy shop. I sold my first piece on Etsy in 7 days!
Who Was I Before I Became An Artist An Entrepreneur?
Before this art journey, I worked in helping professions – human services and most recently as a Registered Nurse. I have always been a patron of the arts. I am 55 years old and have been happily married for the past 30 years.
I live in Medford, Massachusetts with my husband, greyhound, and cat.
Look for my future blogs where I will continue to describe my journey. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
My artwork is for sale on pontiusartist.com.