As I reflect upon the past year since taking ownership of Artistcellar, I feel nothing but gratitude for having this opportunity to journey into the world of other artists for a change. I started out as an artist at a very young age. You should’ve seen the awesome Lego houses I built as a young child, and the birthday cards I made for family members. As a teenager I acquired my very first drafting table, of which I lovingly stripped 20 layers of paint to reveal the solid oak frame. I set up my giant Prismacolor pencil set and waited for inspiration to strike. In college I had the opportunity to design - houses, landscapes, cityscapes, books and brochures. I worked at the Arizona State University Art Museum as a docent where I had the chance to absorb the beautiful paintings and sculptures, studying the art and the artists for hours. While in Arizona I learned flint knapping, basket weaving and leatherworking. And all this time my camera was practically attached to my shoulder. When I moved back to the Midwest and started a family, I took a practical view of art. I made cloth diapers and baby blankets, clothes and accessories. Soon after I discovered traditional quilting, then art quilting, and now mixed media art.
Looking back, I now realize that art is in my soul. I have to create. It’s not an option. When life gets in the way and I start feeling cranky and restless, I know how to remedy it. I pick up a pencil or a paintbrush or a sewing needle and just create something. The act of creating soothes the soul and mellows the mind. It should really be a new disciplinary method. Instead of giving someone a time out, you should say, “go make something!” I have a feeling most of you know what I’m talking about.
My journey with Artistcellar has let me know that I’m not alone. There is a huge community of artists out there, people who are willing to share their art, teachers willing to share their knowledge, students who are always hungry to learn more. I’ve met a lot of people from different disciplines throughout my life and I can honestly say that the artists I meet are some of the most generous and friendly people. While most artists (including myself) are generally introverts, the online community allows a safe refuge for us to come out of our shell and share and teach and appreciate each other. I have made the best of friends in online groups, walked on the wild side at Wild Precious Studio, am the eternal student at Roses on my Table, and have learned to draw goddesses, mermaids and silly creatures. I have filled a journal with my art and sent it out on a world tour. I have taken techniques classes, painting classes and photo classes. Just like you, I am addicted to learning more about my passion.
Artistcellar gives me the opportunity to give back. I want to help you cultivate your creativity and develop your own unique style. I am in love with everything I sell. I use all of the products and I believe in what I sell. You won’t find cute teddy bears and bunnies here. You will find unique and distinct art materials that will help you express yourself and make your mark on the world. Because being creative is not optional. You have to create. At Artistcellar, we understand.
Imagine. Create. Enjoy!