"Uh-Oh" 22"x28" mixed media on poster board
(A Drawing/Painting Created by Me at Age 10 or 11)
It's funny how much you can learn about yourself by looking at old drawings and paintings...
I created this drawing/painting for an "insect project" when I was 10 or 11 years old. I remember asking my art teacher, Mr. Voelpel, if it would be okay if I created my piece from the insect's perspective. Thankfully, Mr. Voelpel was an art teacher who believed in allowing his students to explore their creativity and develop their own artistic voices, so he said yes.
Looking at this picture, I can see themes that have carried all the way through to my artwork today...
I create art that is: whimsical, colorful, playful, humorous, and sometimes downright silly. Looking back, it seems to be hardwired into my DNA. That isn't to say that I don't also make "serious" art (believe me, I made more than my fair share of serious art in college). But, what I've come to realize, is that I am happiest and most fulfilled when I am creating from a place of joy.
I'm curious... What are you happiest creating? Has it always been that way?