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In search of the Artist [Within Me!] By: Eleanor Lee May 29, 2005 Almost every child likes to draw. When I was a child, I drew with crayons, built with playdough and that drove my mom crazy. “Put that crayon down this moment…how many times I’ve told you not to draw on the kitchen wall!”

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In search of the Artist

[Within Me!]

By: Eleanor Lee

May 29, 2005


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Almost every child likes to draw. When I was a child, I drew with crayons, built with playdough and that drove my mom crazy.

“Put that crayon down this moment…how many times I’ve told you not to draw on the kitchen wall!”


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My favourite class in elementary school was fine arts. I always spent more time than my classmates to work on my “art work”. As a six year old, I sure was proud of the master pieces that I produced.

My teachers told me, “You are a great artist!”


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My parents saw my enthusiasm in fine arts and decided to put me in classes. That decision lead to a decade of love-hate relationship between art and I.

““It doesn’t matter if you are “good” or not, as long as YOU like it!”.Quoted from Beth, a 12 year old artist.

Flower Trio, by Beth


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I took lessons in water painting, pencil sketching, and oil painting with two art mentors. I thought to myself, “I will be an artist when I grow up.”


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And I painted, drew, sculpted… painting with two art mentors. I thought to myself, “I will be an artist when I grow up.”


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Henri Matisse: painting with two art mentors. I thought to myself, “I will be an artist when I grow up.”“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.”

I found peace when I was making art. I was delighted in what I created and I felt that I could express my inner self through what I produced.

Georgia O’Keeffe:“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”


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After being very much involved in fine arts for several years, I felt that the artist in me disappeared. I had no more desire to pick up the paint brush or make pencil sketches.

My mentors said that I was trying too hard, “You need to relax and allow your creativity flows through you. Let the images come to you!”


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I stopped making art after I entered university. The artist seemed to have left me. I was too busy dealing with the academics and life as it was, and did not give her the attention that she needed. However, I did miss her once in a while.

A few years later, I stepped into my classroom for the first time, and I found…


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HER! seemed to have left me. I was too busy dealing with the academics and life as it was, and did not give her the attention that she needed. However, I did miss her once in a while.

I saw many eager young faces in front of me and I decided to become an artist again.

Albert Einstein:“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awakenjoy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Vincent van Gogh:“I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”


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Acknowledgement: seemed to have left me. I was too busy dealing with the academics and life as it was, and did not give her the attention that she needed. However, I did miss her once in a while.

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