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Art: My Story and Recent Creations


About two years ago, I hated art. With the exception of one person.  But I didn’t like art because I couldn’t understand it and I didn’t like it because I felt I was horrible at it.

Seriously, you guys – you would have believed me. The best thing I could draw was a headless stick man. But over the next couple of years, I started to get a little more interested in art…and as a part of my senior history course, I studied art for a whole week. Finally it made sense! I could understand it – not really from an artistic point of view, but from a historian’s point of view. It was fascinating.

one of my first attempts

And one day last year, I sat down with my sketchbook and just lettered. I added some color from some ink stamps. It was so much fun! I spent most of the morning just making art. And over the next weeks, I kept doing it.

When I went up to meet Allison, she gave me some watercolors – which were so much fun to use! Over time I’ve acquired more art supplies, but I still use those watercolors every time I paint.


I started with filling in words and making small dot flowers, and moved up from there. I mainly stick with watercolor and ink, but I’ve since taught myself how to paint actual objects. It took a lot of trial and error, and many erased sketches, but I take it slow. The more I focus on enjoying the process, the less I’ll get frustrated when it doesn’t turn out the way I envision it. (Or see it on the computer screen.) I get better every time, and I’m trying to learn how to paint harder objects.

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i think this is my favorite so far!

Next up? Charcoal. I want to teach myself how to sketch.


What’s your favorite art medium? And which art did you like the best?

P.S. I’m Calvinist, so today (election day) is my favorite day! XD XD

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  • Reply Clara

    These are gorgeous!! <3 I absolutely love the painting of the little succulents – that one and the last one are my favorites. I've never really tried to use watercolors, but I'd love to learn how. I can't wait to see more of your art in the future! :)

    -Clara <3

    November 6, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Aww, thank you, Clara! You should TOTALLY try out watercolors – they are seriously so much fun to use. :)

      November 7, 2018 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Cat

    I LOVE your art! It’s so beautiful. I’m inspired to be creative now 😉

    November 6, 2018 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Aww, thanks Cat!

      November 7, 2018 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Amie

    Beautiful art work! I enjoyed this post. :)

    November 6, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thanks, Amie! 😀

      November 7, 2018 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I love the last one too! I also love watercolors, but am not that great at all with using them. I guess I’ll just have to practice more *sigh* XD

    November 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you, Hannah! ☺ Yeah, it takes a bit, but ahh, they’re so fun!

      November 12, 2018 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Allison

    I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKE ART NOW, PHEW. And your paintings are LOVELY, dear. <3 I think your favorite is my favorite too! 😀

    November 7, 2018 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply Aria

      HA HA, ME TOO. Aww, thanks, dear!

      November 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    I think my favorite piece is the one with the flowers in the jar. I haven’t really worked a lot with watercolors, but this is quite inspiring! I might have to give it a try. 😉 My favorite mediums right now are probably pencil or acrylic paint. Keep creating!
    P.S. I love the changes you’ve made on here!

    November 8, 2018 at 10:30 am
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you, Kristen!

      November 12, 2018 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    MY GOODNESS GIRL I think you’re brimming with talent :DD these are so pretty <3

    November 9, 2018 at 6:27 pm
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      November 12, 2018 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Liz - Home with the Hummingbirds

    Wow, so pretty! Awesome job, Aria!! I’m also at the stage where I’m slowly getting better at art… sketching a scene in a book for school… decorating a letter for my pen-pal! It’s kinda fun! 😀
    I think my favorite is the last one! :)

    November 9, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thanks, Liz! Ooh, fun!

      November 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm

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