I aspire to be an artist and it's my long term goal to achieve this and work towards. I don't care if it takes me 30 years, this is what I want. At the moment I'm completely self-taught and have learned everything by figuring out things myself, learning from other artists and also studying others work. I may decide to go to college in the future though, as I feel this might help me learn further skills and develop me more an give me more of a chance of succeeding in a job involving art.
Of course, if this does happen, my other goal is to move away from where I currently live. Somewhere out of town and very peaceful, if possible. Moving to another country wouldn't be out the question either.
I also want to go travelling somewhere by myself, if I can gather more confidence and get more experience with travelling around. Places I'd most like to go are Canada, America, Japan, Austria and the Netherlands.
Lastly and most importantly (I think) is to be happy all my life. That might be impossible, but I want to be happy at least more than I feel sad. Life is hard to deal with for me, so for this to happen would be great, but I can only try my best. Achieving some of these long term goals will help a lot and I think they would make me a much happier person in general.
You've got to believe, to achieve and I haven't been believing in myself. I put myself down at times and I lose sight of what I want, because negative things bring me down, things I don't want to deal with or have little interest in. But you have to, because it's life. The past week I've felt so down, to the point of crying at times and having other thoughts, but thanks to advice and help from friends on this site, I've been feeling better this weekend. I just have to keep it up and carry on believing in myself, otherwise I'll never get to where I want.
I think art in education is good, providing they only teach you techniques rather than force you (urgh, GSCE art and to an extent A-Level) to a set style.
You already by far have the talent, so definitely keep it going - and grab a small sketchbook and document as much as you can! Or your camera and take snaps of things that inspire you. A pinboard/sheets of big A2/A1 paper would be good to visualise things that you've seen or are interested in, capture your thoughts for the moment.
If you have a down moment, use it to fuel some artwork perhaps? I've had low points whilst doing art before and made some really quite scary art pieces, which I look back at now and wonder why, thinking now that it was a little silly to have felt that way in retrospect.
It's great you found something you enjoy so much.
I think jb gave some great tips on art already, but a general advice from me is to cut up your goals in small steps. It's a sure way to succes.
So, your goal is to travel abroad, move out, get a job. How's your life skills at the moment? Independence is something you can't learn early enough. Household chores, knowledge of your surroundings, taking care of yourself, building a social network are important things to learn. And it can take quite some time to master. Take for example something very basic, preparing meals; do you know how to cook? If you don't, start by trying to make a dessert for example. Get the groceries needed for it. Repeat it a few times, make something every week, move on to something a little bit harder.
I believe with an approach like that, almost anybody can learn to get better at the life thing. You can try to throw yourself in the deep right away, but some people will only drown. And there are not always lifeguards around.
( Edited 01.07.2012 23:32 by God )
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You are not alone. I am here with you. Though we're far apart...you're always in my heart. Love u!
That's definitely my main concern doing a course at college - not being able to do what I want to do. However, if it would be learning the techniques, then I'd love to.
Thanks JB, hearing someone say I have talent always makes me happy and is a nice compliment to receive. My determination is very strong and I will always keep going for as long as I possibly can. Those suggestions are great, I will have to look into doing some. I feel like going for a long walk tomorrow and I can take some photos then. Channelling my sad thoughts into artwork might not be such a bad idea either, I like that sound of that.
Thanks for the advice!
My life skills are dreadful, to be honest with you. I basically have no idea when it comes down to it and struggle to comprehend it all. I don't feel that independent really, I still feel I have to rely on my parents and brother at times, because I have no idea how to deal with certain things. I certainly don't have that independence and confidence to be able to travel far on my own. I only stick to my local area.
I can't cook. Well, not in a proper sense. I can do simple stuff and even then I've managed to mess up before. That said, I would like to do it, I think I'm just so used to my parents cooking meals for the family. It's not something I've ever felt the need I had to do, because of that. I'll have to give it a try though, because I would love to get into cooking. I bet i's real fun.
I think I need experience and I'm not getting it, because I lack confidence to be able to do it in the first place. The major point here though is I need to learn to deal with these things if I'm going to have some sort of life. Otherwise I'll be living with my parents all my life, doing much the same thing each day. It's incredible hard and worrying for me and I wish I could snap my fingers and I'd be able to do all this, but unfortunately, I have a brain that keeps giving me problems and I need to rewire it.
Thanks for the advice, God!
( Edited 02.07.2012 00:08 by Marzy )
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