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I started this week with the idea of asking a question which you might already have asked yourself at some point:
- Are Artists born and not made? Coupled with
- When did you realise you were an artist?
- What made you become an artist? Lets face it – it ain’t easy. Right?
- Heather – when did you realise you were an artist?
- What made you decide to be an artist?
- Were there artists in your family?
Meanwhile back to this blog – and the slightly changed plan;
- Because more often than not they feel isolated and in some way ‘separate’ from friends and family.
- Some are actually isolated physically – eg live alone, single parents, limited income etc.
- Because artists who have a clear understanding of WHY they produce art -make more progress in accomplishing a standard of work they desire and – in my experience they build better careers for themselves.
Me The Page Three Girl circa 1966
(The portrait ( above) that landed the BBC contract – of J F Kennedy – which is now homed on the National Archives Gallery in Washington DC. 1966 – Pencil.)
Making My Own Decisions
Heather with portrait of Rupert Brooke – Rugby poet circa First World War. ALl the wording in this peice was the white of the paper – all done by hand. Hung in the Kings College Library, Cambridge. 1967
So are there any conclusions to be made about my story?
Was my colourful and exciting teenage career of use to me as artist? Only as far as my ability to deal with the press and understand their agenda. As for my being an artist – no it didn’t help. It fact it got in the way of me going to study art at college or university.
Did I learn anything about myself as an artist during this time? Yes – that what matters is you and your relationship with your work and your love of doing it. Everything else is a diversion.
Was any of it of use to my career as an artist? Only in as much as I have some impressive stuff to quote, and some interesting tales to tell. Also in that it gave me a real insight into public relations, publicity management and press, TV etc. But that has limited uses.
It did give me confidence beyond my years. That is of enormous value to any woman in particular, developing a business side to their art.
SO there it is – Both a Happy and a Sad tale. In some ways it is a wonder I ever made it with my need to create intact.