During my first years of college, three of my friends were majoring in art.
Two were painters and the other a photographer. I remember spending literally hours in the art studios, watching them and others paint. Sitting on the nearest stool, I would ask them billions of questions about brush techniques and color pallets.
Up until then, I had taken rich colors for granted. For the first time in my life, I became aware of concepts such as light, shadow, and depth. Once I began to observe the world differently, my writing changed drastically.
For those of you new to this site, I am an avid writer. I now notice infinite details I never captured before, my mind working like a filming camera everywhere I go. It’s almost as if my eyes are taking rapid succession of shots from the scenery and people around me. Shots and snippets that are stored in my memory for future use when developing new story concepts.
It is mentally exhausting at times to process so many details, but once having trained my mind to do so, I would never go back to the old me.
I will always be grateful to my old friends, Grant, Betsy, and Abigail. Because of them, I will always hold a unique respect for artists.
One artist I currently admire is Dina Argov, an illustrator and designer, based in Israel. Her talents include traditional oil painting, watercolor, pen and ink drawing, and computer processed images. She has a surreal and whimsical approach to art, interlaced with bold strokes of color.
Isn’t she amazing? I’d love to have the creativity and patience to do something like that! But then again, I’m not sure anything can compare to the thrill I get of writing away till the wee hours of the morning finishing a poem or another chapter for my book. 😉
To all the lovely dolls and handsome gents that peruse this blog, happy Sunday! 😀