ARTZINE: What was the first work of art that spoke to you?

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This Month – What was the first work of art that spoke to you?

I was trying to remember when it was that I first woke up to art, for instance when I first really looked at something and appreciated that someone had been inspired to create it, or when I first tried to create some art of my own.

My mother was very keen that I should visit museums and art galleries as often as possible and although I really enjoyed our trips to the museums, I must admit that I found the galleries a bit boring.

I thought the paintings were lovely, but I couldn’t understand why we had to keep looking at them, they didn’t really do anything for me.

I was much happier in the science museum pressing buttons, or in the natural history museum looking at the animals.

I wasn’t particularly good at art in school, even though I had been keen on drawing since I was tiny, and I think it was in my early teens that I suddenly realized art was actually interesting.

I was exposed to an awful lot of Christian art as a child, at home every wall was adorned with Christ, various saints and Madonnas, there was a crucifix in every corner and a statue in every available nook and cranny.

I think I consequently saw art as a religious thing and filed it under “Boring” along with other adult stuff like going to church and school.

Regardless it had it’s effect and when I hit my teens I suddenly wanted to be artistic and started by trying to recreate anything spiritual that I had seen and liked.

I remember a great drawing I did of Christ on the cross and I think I can probably safely say it was my first serious piece of work. I was about 15 and I used my boyfriend (soon to be husband) as my model.

We explored art together, but he started to sketch and paint on a huge scale, and I always felt my work was very immature compared to his.

Well you’ve all seen enough of my stuff, so this month I’m going to leave you with a few of my first husband’s sketches, thy’re a bit old and faded I’m afraid.

It was really him that woke me up to art and music and inspired me to want to be artistic myself.

The Altar Disgraced_sm
The Altar Disgraced
Exam Techniques_sm
Exam Techniques
Mad Hatters Tea Party_sm
Mad Hatters Tea Party
None of This is to Be Lost_sm
None of This is to Be Lost

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For this month’s contributor’s …

Can you remember how, when or why you woke up to art?

Share with us something that inspired you to be artistic or maybe one of your own early creations.

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Do you have something to share this month?

Your post can be anything from an image of your favourite work of art 

to a full scale essay of your opinions. The choice is yours.

Include “ARTZINE” in your title and tags so that other readers can find it

and link back to this post to be included here.

To find out more visit the “ARTZINE” page.

And remember it’s all for fun, you don’t need to be an artist or an expert, you just need to turn up to take part.

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Next  “ARTZINE” …

Sunday, November 2nd 


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