Today I have a depressing confession, I am an art school drop out. Art students already have a bad reputation as the kids that want to go to college but aren’t smart enough or motivated enough to go into another major, which usually isn’t true, but I didn’t even have the motivation to finish that. After spending a semester living in Hawaii I never went back to school because I discovered my love for teaching and spending time with my crazy class of toddlers.
I still love drawing and keep a sketchbook on my coffee table for when I feel inspired but it is nowhere near the volume that I was producing in school and it is so freeing to be able to do whatever I want rather than what I am assigned.
For reference here are a few pieces from college that I love. The bust is of one of my classmates and after it was photographed and graded I destroyed it so the clay could be recycled. The next was the last page of a book that I had to transform into a completely different story by gluing pages together, it went from 100 to 8 pages, drawing and blocking out text. The last is a three-piece series about old ways to treat mental illness that I discovered in books and online that were more torture than medicine.
This next set of drawings are from when I was obsessed with cute japanese inspired doodles that for some reason were always food. The wedding cake was used as the main artwork for my wedding and this style of art is what I use to decorate my classroom at work.
Lately, my sketchbook has been filled with creepy little cartoon doodles like these and seeing the difference between them and my college era work makes me realize that I definitely made the right decision in dropping out because I am much happier now than I think I would be if I had tried to be a successful artist.
I am not the kind of person to believe that everything happens for a reason or that our lives are planned out for us but I am happy with the decisions I have made. Never second guess yourself because you can’t go back and change it.
Thank you so much for reading.
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