"Pay attention to what draws your attention."
Like anything in the arts, the only way to find your style is to do a lot of work:
This has been a great year for painting outdoors, in spite of the cold weather. It's been wonderful to get outside to paint...something I enjoyed immensely while travelling this year. I keep it simple, just like my travels this summer, though I have increased my colour palette locally because I can drive to a location (or walk nearby). Not that I have a large kit, but a medium sized one with 12 colours (the palette measures 2 3/4 x 4 3/4) but it is nice to have a larger variety of brights available. I got a Peg & Awl Sendak mini in order to corral all of my supplies...it's made of waxed canvas so it can handle almost anything. I've also been using a water dish and Princeton travel brush which holds more water. I've also been trying out different types of paper - hot press, mixed media, cold press (bottom, l to r) and have to say that the hot press is quickly becoming a favourite. It's smooth & absorbent. Mixed media is also smooth but a bit thin and cold press has far too much texture for my liking...I remember disliking it in my high school art classes and I don't feel differently about it now. I also really love the hand.book journal from Speedball, which is what I am leaning towards for travel. I love the 5.5x5.5 square (top row) and want to try out the smaller landscape as well. I like the absorbency of the paper and how bright the colours sit on it...which is surprising because initially I didn't care for the cream paper but have become a little obsessed. :)
"A few words I would use to describe myself are creative - I love to create stuff, my goal is become a graphic designer one day and hopefully run my own business of making handmade calligraphy pieces and cards. I would secondly say I am hardworking, though I may procrastinate at times (who doesn’t) I always finish what I start especially when it comes to school and work. Lastly, I would describe myself as reliable. I will always be there no matter what the circumstance - for my friends, family and my boyfriend - because truly I believe that they are what are what is most important in life.
Building on above, my reliability is probably my favourite trait.
I also believe strongly in a positive world, even through all this negative stuff we have going on right now. Though it’s very hard at times, I try and stay as positive as I possibly can.
I definitely have experienced many situations throughout my life that have made me a stronger person. When I was younger I was seriously bullied, the suckiest part is it was my best friend at the time. Not only that but girls can be super mean. It’s terrible.
We really need to stop teaching girls that other girls are their enemies.
This happened in middle school and was mostly because my hair colour (ginger) was different to everyone else’s. When you’re a young girl you just want to fit in and be liked…especially at that age. At the time, I believed everything I heard. I believed that because I was a little different that made me ugly and not liked, and it made me feel unwanted.
I stuck with the same group of girls that I thought were my closest friends. But one day, on grade 8 grad photo day to be exact, I was pulled into a bathroom to be told that I was no longer allowed to be their friend. I felt so alone it was awful.
As weeks went by and it got worse, my closest friend ended up apologizing - which I knew was sincere. We became closer and closer as years went by, and I learned to forgive. She is now one of my few friends who has stuck by my side through thick and thin. Though we went through that, I learned that second chances can be good sometimes.
Though these situations are not fun, they make you who you are today. As time went by and I met more people and experienced different things I grew as a person.
I am lucky enough to have grown up in a family full of strong, confident and inspiring women. I can’t pick out one that inspires me as they all do.
My aunt who has had a tough past continues to grow stronger everyday. My grandmother was a true role model who put all of her love and care into her family.
I would say thank you to all the women in my life for inspiring me and supporting me to do my best and become my best self. All I can really say is I’m SO thankful for everyone in my life, especially my family!" ~ Molly Beveridge