|Wedding by Tatjana age 12|
I often get asked when it was that I knew I wanted to be an artist, or when did I start painting. I've been drawing since I was first able to hold a pencil (actually my dad's fancy multi-color ballpen). But my first introduction to painting was, like for most people, in school.
I've been digging through some old boxes and was cheered up when I found my early gouache artworks from the elementary school. I grew up in former Yugoslavia and some of the themes reflect the ideals of my native country and are in a way a record of a lost world.
|Partisan Hospital by Tatjana age 11|
(in case you are wondering, the hospital is a cave, it took me a while to remember that myself)
Most of all, I was amazed at how enthusiastically I approached all those odd assignments concocted by the teachers. I can honestly say that I've never again thought of painting a wedding scene, a WWII war hospital with Tito's Partisans, or a traffic intersection.
|Intersection by Tatjana age 11 |
(there are some early signs that it would take me 12 attempts to acquire a driving license)
In my adult art life, I painted portraits for a while and an odd still life here an there, but my main subject matter for the past couple of decades has been Canadian landscape, which has been immensely inspirational and will remain to be the source of my work for years to come.
But these early darlings have something about them that reminds me to remain open to trying different things. There is a joy to be found in looking at the world from different points of view and giving attention to the things that don't normally spur inspiration.
Most importantly, we must keep the creative spark alive any way we can. How about some weddings, partisans, traffic...anyone?