TODAY = 35,000 years later we are still communicating
Every painter has their own reasons to communicate. Sometimes being able to paint is just 'within you' or inherited..
Look at Picasso and Francis Bacon, both of whom showed extraordinary TALENT at mark making at very early ages.
They HAD to paint.
The artists that Magic Easel Studio Gallery represent also HAVE to paint.
They started young and they were lucky enough to be able to continue and to be able to make their careers in painting.
It's a privilege being an artist.
You can be taught painting 'skills' but it is within you that you have an eye for colour, proportion of space, tone and the ability to 'tell a story'in mark making.
As an occasional teacher of painting, I realise some people just 'have it' and were born painters.
Cat, Charlie and myself were born painters. We started painting very young and saw 'life' as a series of lines, colour, tones and stories. Life was 'a mental image'!
It wasn't until I was 8 years old that I realised I was 'different'. I thought everyone drew landscapes in their head. I thought everyone saw grass as purple, yellow and blue = not just green! I thought everyone realised a face was made up of dark and light spaces and different shaped line. I thought everyone related 'life' to image, tone and colour.
I was wrong! At 8 years of age, I realised we are all different. Which was very exciting. I was very grateful I could escape life with my mental imagery of beautiful things. I was very grateful I could disappear into myself and put marks on paper and everyone went, 'wow' fantastic' 'how did you do that?'
I sold my first painting at 11 years of age. I won many art competitions. The monetary rewards I received for my images enabled me to buy more paints, more paper, more canvas.
And so it goes on!!