Art Makes Me Happy

Art Page ; My Happy Place

Oil Painting by my Grandmother
Oil Painting by my Grandmother

When I was growing up art was going on all around me.  My Mother, my Grandmother and my Aunts always creating something. I did ceramics with my mother, painted with my Grandmother and was taught about sewing by my Aunt (well she tried).

Creating works of art was a big part of my life and then one day (I guess) I just stopped.  Can’t pinpoint exactly when or why. I think maybe I simply became too busy.  Was it a loss of confidence; becoming more self-conscious as an adult?  For whatever reason, I began to assume I wasn’t talented. Which then I presume led to a loss of interest.  I often joked about how “artistic” had skipped a generation in the family.

Don’t get me wrong, I made sure that art was a HUGE part of both my daughters’ childhood. They are amazing artists in their own right; so incredibly creative.  I set up their work areas, made sure they had supplies, provided ideas and encouragement. For some reason though, I always sat on the sidelines.  Mostly watching, sometimes teaching but not really doing.

Art drawn on our table cloth
Snippet of our table cloth

Then a couple of years ago something happened. Again, not 100% sure why but suddenly I was using oil pastels, then painting. I was painting on everything I could find. Had fun with an old pile of vinyl albums that were headed to the trash. Every kid (well teens now) that came over was handed some paint and a brush. My table cloth was rolls of white paper. Instead of salt n’ pepper shakers there were cups of crayons.

Nature's Womb an oil pastel by Shelley Lockwood
My Oil Pastel “Nature’s Womb”

There you have it…the rebirth of my enthusiasm for all things art. From here I will link to different pages related to art:

  • Click here to see a photo album of some of my art. I am working on a better e-display.
  • Days when I’m not physically able to make my own, admiring other peoples’ works of art takes my mind off the pain. I still get to escape to my Art Happy Place


My Happy Places…

  1. Art Makes Me Happy
  2. Comic Books Make Me Happy
  3. Movies Make Me Happy coming soon!

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