Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Once Upon a Time

It is IWSG day, a monthly event Alex Cavanaugh launched to get writers sharing about their insecurities and other things. My post is late, but it's still Wednesday!

I work in the local media. Recently, I was assigned to cover an art class taught by a professional artist. While sketching characters like Mickey Mouse and Bart Simpson with simple shapes (the circle, triangle, and square) and creating a clay bust for my character (a pig that ended up looking like a dog with devil horns= Devil Pig Dog), I couldn’t remember the last time I did art like this. I was quite rusty, but I enjoyed the class nonetheless.

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a professional artist- I wanted to write AND illustrate children's books, etc... In elementary school, I won poster contests. In junior high, I won more awards and was regarded the teacher's pet in my art classes. Outside of school, I spent weeks creating my own comic book; I spent a day binding all the pages together with a needle and thread. 

In high school, I took art classes as electives. Here, I wasn’t the student that teachers oohed and aahed over. I wasn’t winning contests anymore.

In college, I did a teeny tiny bit of art here and there. I got some compliments, some non-compliments too. By the time I was out of school, I'd stopped doing art altogether. 

Years ago, I was inspired to take up art again so I bought some paper, pencils, and a drawing board. That was around the time I had my second child. The drawing board, in mint condition, is still sitting in my garage.

But still….someday I’d like to take up art again.

What is/was your "Once upon a time" aspiration? Have you ever taken a long break from a hobby and then took it up again? Why did you take the break?