I can still remember the very first time when my hands came in contact with paint...I was in kindergarten and the teacher had assigned us 2 per kiddie easle. I had some girl, at least I thought it was a girl, back in 1976 it was kind of hard to tell, since a lot of boys had long hair and would have confused even most adults back then, for a partner. She or he, just stood there motionless and stoic...I just put my hands into the fingerpaint and moved them acrosss the paper. I didn't really know what I was painting, I just know that it felt a freedom of sorts, as much as a 6 year old can normally feel. It felt good!
From then on, I would spend my time at home drawing and coloring animals out of a set of Encylopedia Britannica that my parents bought from a nerdy sales guy who came to our home and presented the future of education in nicely bound volumes. I would spend hours perfecting my skills so much so that my parents thought it was abnormal for me to spend so much time inside and would opt to cut my inside-the-house time and run me outside to play...which I did by not playing but observing things around me and losing myself in shapes and colors...to be continued
April 23, 2010 5:25 PM
So, I was living in Houston up to the 6th grade and realized that I really liked drawing and such...all my spare time was spent with the Britannica's...it was like I was absorbing images and text as I skimmed the pages...I couldn'd help myself from flipping page after page.Once I came across an image that I liked, I would draw it...then onto the next one...I mean I was a self-made geek from 6th grade onward.
The latter half of my 6th grade career was spent in South Texas in a small town of about 2000 people. Not the metropolis that I had hoped it would be, the small town actually grew on me...I mean, the rest of my schooling took place there until I graduated and left for Austin in '89...the best move I have ever made...to be continued.