Although I have several interests in different fields, I can’t decide which interest to pursue. I have a practical side, but I also have an artistic mindset. Keeping my brain occupied with what I’m passionate about is important to me because my interests are one of the few things that I can continually focus on and not get distracted by anything else. Doing things I love helps me calm down and recharge. Once I start on a project that I enjoy, I have difficulties with putting it down, and I won’t stop until that project is finished.
The event that sparked my interest in art was when I saw my aunt’s paintings hanging up in their hallways like an art gallery. I wanted to feel the satisfying feeling of being able to achieve what I deem to be astonishing. I try to practice using as many different mediums as I can whenever I am able to do so. When I am drawing with charcoal, I practice sketching different perspectives and angles. Recently, I have been working on detecting the smallest details. Despite this, I like to draw using minimalistic techniques, that is, drawing the basic shapes and components that I see without the unnecessary details. The paints I work with are watercolour and acrylic, although I would like to try out the rich hues of oil. I am in the process of training my eyes to make out colours in my surroundings. An example of this is when I see a sunset and look at all the different hues and where they fit in with each other. If I look at the red in the sky, I don’t simply just see plain red; I take note of its undertones, saturation, intensity, and brightness. Observing the various colours that I see on a daily basis helps me improve my colour matching skills. I use watercolour for quick landscape studies, which are my favourite things to paint. When I have plenty of free time, I’ll occasionally use acrylic. This is because acrylic paint takes more time to dry and I tend to pay attention to more details when I use acrylic. There was a moment in my life where I lost motivation to pursue art and, to this day, I regret not pushing myself to continue. Because of my artistic side, I am able to visualize and create clear images in my head.
Clothes-making is a hobby that I don’t often do, but once I start planning, I will not stop until my project is satisfactory and complete. Wearing clothing that I made gives me a wave of confidence and contentment. I am interested in learning how to make clothing patterns so that I can make my own clothes. I want to be able to design clothing that fits me properly and that I am proud of. Even though I am aware that it could sometimes be gruelling work, the idea of making my clothes and customizing them the way I want from start to finish seems appealing. Lately, I took upon the art of embroidery. Like I stated previously, having the ability to customize clothing to look how I want it to look makes me feel accomplished. Additionally, I find learning how to do the different techniques of stitches compelling. The therapeutic nature of crocheting helps me calm down. Crocheting gives me the opportunity to let my mind wander and rejuvenate itself whilst doing something productive.
I have been exposed to music ever since I can remember. I used to take piano lessons when I was younger, but now, I practice playing the guitar, ukulele, and bass guitar. Listening to music brings me an unprecedented amount of joy. Without having to focus profusely, music relaxes, comforts, and soothes every part of me. Music is an important part of my life because it allows me to escape reality for a few minutes, and it releases so much serotonin throughout my entire being. When I am listening to music, I am able to block out the rest of the world, and it’s nearly impossible for me to focus on anything else but the music.
My passions keep me from going insane. The idea of not being able to do what I love strikes fear into my core. Being able to express myself through different mediums enlightens me. I like to look at the world through an artistic eye and observe as much as possible. My interest in the arts has been a part of me for as long as I can remember, and I don’t know what I would do without it.