Sketches, drawings, and water color and acrylic paintings
It’s the best way I know to express what I see and feel. It’s therapeutic and freeing because it enables me to get what is in my head out and onto paper. I am in control—I get to make the decisions without being influenced by others. It’s a solo activity, which allows me to connect with myself and learn more about who I am. I like how moment-to-moment it is—I can change the direction of my composition anytime, without worrying that I have to stick to a plan. To make good art, I have to be present—to observe myself, the things around me, and be conscious of what I’m putting on the paper or canvas. This teaches me to shut off (or a least calm down) my wandering mind.
Recently, I have been experimenting with small watercolor paintings. Most of them end up being scenes from my day—moments when I stopped thinking, even if just for a second, to observe where I was and how I felt. The compositions are colorful, but the content is plain. They're snapshots of my messy apartment, my boyfriend eating lunch, and my cat doing something cat-like. I like them, because they show my life, not the idealized version of it that I post on Facebook. It’s personal, which is uncomfortable, but vulnerability is a pretty cool thing because it’s so raw and genuine.