Tbh, she got me into art, not the other way around.
I’ve always been into DIY projects, furniture flipping, crochet (one year I crocheted the majority of our Halloween costumes–we do a family theme each year and that year was My Little Pony) and have a creative job, but hadn’t picked up a watercolour paintbrush, sketch pencil, or dip pen until the pandemic began.
My Ladybug has oppositional defiance disorder, and when school suddenly paused last year and I had to take over teaching her, things went sideways quickly. Eventually the constant fighting was too much to deal with, so I gave up.
So I began doing art with her: it was an activity she loved, and I could slip some learning into it, and most of all, no fighting. But then I realised I liked art, too! And so began my tumble down the artistic rabbit hole… and here I am.
Funny enough, I looked back in my photos and it’s been exactly a year to the day that I did my first watercolour painting and got hooked. Here’s my first painting (we followed a YouTube tutorial):