Since I was a child, I’ve been a wannabe artist. I had no idea what I wanted to do in that field…I just knew I liked to draw.
I had no direction from my parents because they didn’t know…it wasn’t something I shared with them because I could see they were struggling just to get by. Dad kept steering all of us to go into teaching…something he never had the chance to do because World War II came along. And no high school counselor ever asked me or counseled me about my future.
However, in the year and a half I did attend the local community college, and over the next two decades, I managed to take every art class available that interested me. Years later when I returned and received my Associate in Science degree, I also received my Art degree.
Now, I know that this being just a community college, these degrees certainly aren’t as impressive as a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in art…all the fancy stuff everyone seems to have nowadays. But I did it for me, and that’s all that matters.
As I am now trying to get myself organized for 2012 and to simplify my life (in other words, get rid of the crap in my house), I came across a portfolio of my art work from over the years. In it was this piece from one of the first classes I took. It was my first attempt on scratch board, done from a magazine advertisement, and I now see a ton of flaws when I scan it to show here. But I like it, and apparently the instructor liked it, too, because it’s got a nice “A” on the back.
Do they even make scratch board anymore? I’ll have to check.