through art and giving
through art and giving
Hello and welcome to
Originally, a name concocted from an amalgamation of my surname, Boyd, and the idea of creating Art. However, as time went by and the more I thought about the name after I created it, such a name has an implied deeper meaning. ‘Creates,’ is a broad umbrella term. It dawned on me that I was creating more than just art.
I saw a meme a while back that said, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘I’m sad, but not sad enough to start drawing.’ Something happened; pushed me to the edge, painted me into a corner (...of a canvas.) Trust me it’s a slow drying paint, (...like oils.) I used to draw and paint but as life became more demanding that hobby took a back burner until I was left pursuing happiness.
I wanted something I did that could be my escape, my minds reboot. Even if not everyday, then at least once a week. I would draw something and then add it to a pile of the rest of my Artwork and repeat.
But I found it funny, that all I’m doing is drawing...for myself. Givens its purpose is to escape with an enjoyable hobby, then mission accomplished.
Even though I set time aside each week to draw/ paint/create, that means I’m still spending 62+ hours at work working. I know, that’s what I’m there to do. But once I felt the bug again, felt good about what I was doing I wanted to share.
My employment is in hospitality. Really it’s just a fancy word for customer service but that means I interact with the public on a regular basis. My real clientele you get to know personally. Then one day it clicked in my head...
Show yourself off.
Be proud of what you can do.
If you don’t, then who will?
A customer asked a question. It could’ve been how are you? What have you been up to? What’s new? Etc but I ran to get my phone. What a great feeling to see the awe and surprise of on their faces when they see that I drew what they are seeing.
From then on, I’ve had people eager to see what I’ve drawn lately. Each seems to be a unique story to be told.
The next epiphany I had...
Why limit sharing with just face to face interactions when there’s something called
The World Wide Web and social media.
I created a website using the same name as this one once before. I I knew I needed a website. I looked up the various things I could do,I wanted to do, and I wanted to do it all...now. At the time that is. Feeling overwhelmed and adversely as a side effect shuttering and backing off was actually the reason for canceling the website. It felt good to see a steady stream of not just visitors but unique visitors as well. But in the end I was still toying with technology like it was a slinky. You know doing the simple things like holding each end in a hand and having it wave as it goes back and forth instead of learning to really get good with it and build a sophisticated ladder and have the slinky ‘walk’ down.
So I am back. Ready to be more committed, more dedicated. More knowledgeable and experienced.
Join me and be prepared to
John R. Boyd.