My very first art supplies were oil pastels. I had a old checkbook box filled with a variety of colors and brands during my first years as an artist. I loved the texture and the way I could blend them. They were way more interesting than a regular 'ol Crayon. I used Crayons, but only for coloring books. I took my oil pastels with me everywhere along with a pad of scratch paper. One of my favorite places to draw was in the back of the car while my mom took me on long car trips up and over mountains. We did this because my dad would race road bikes and we were the follow car. One of my favorite things to draw were scenes of everyday life and I think that is where I began my love of illustration.
I want to thank my mom for going above and beyond when it came to suppling her child with art supplies that were a little more interesting than the everyday stuff.
I found a great little poster on Pinterest about how the arts teaches us 10 things. I thought it was perfect to share with my art classes one day. I started to read them and think about my own connections to each number. One of the ones that really stood out was #7 Improve by accepting constructive feedback. I think this one was the hardest for me when I went to art school and was constantly compared to the other illustration students. Being an artist really makes to take a step back and look at what you have done, take constructive criticism and evaluate what you need to do to move forward. It took a lot to always move forward from the criticism and not make it mean I shouldn't be in the art class. I am glad I was able to take the criticism and use it to create the artist I am today, helping other discover the joy of art.
My first new storefront is up. I am located at TheArtHabit storefront on Zazzle.com. You can purchase prints and products featuring my artwork. The store is just up so I will be adding more items as the months continues. Check back often.
I am researching different websites were I can post my artwork for sale as prints and on products for people to buy. There are so many options out there I really need to narrow down websites that other artists believe are best for selling art. I also need to ramp up my art collection, scanning and editing so they are ready for print. Meanwhile I am working as an art teacher. I am inspired everyday by the creativity of the students and their ability to just go for it and create art without over thinking it.
Heather Norris is an Art Educator, Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Fine Artist.