Maybe I’m living vicariously through my children, but I sent them to Art Camp this week. The good news is, they loved it, and were not just telling me that to make me happy. I share the sentiments of this fellow artist when she says she is inspired by her everyday life. Her long-term goals are also pretty inspiring. Enter through the door to see what this week’s Art Camp looked like, and read on below to hear what artist LeAnne DeShazo has to say about her passion for art.
What inspires you to create art?
LD: I am such a busy mom. Not only do I have a two year old,(that says enough in itself) but he has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder. So everything is extreme! When I do finally get a chance to sit down at my desk, I am overwhelmed by the many things I have learned during my busy day. So needless to say, inspiration comes easy for me. Wether it’s the bible story I read to my son while he’s in the bath, or the flower he picked (then tore completely apart) on our walk up and down the scenic road we love on, I am inspired by my everyday life.
Why did you decide to start an Art Camp?
LD: The art camp was an idea given to me by a friend. She has some artistic kids herself. So we came together on a plan to do a small camp. She is helping me get started, so in the future I can continue on and hopefully make this a long term gig!
Why do you think art is so important?
LD: Art is my therapy. My son’s as well. Art is a very important tool in the world of creativity! When we sit at the table and go crazy with paint or crayons (whatever he picks) we have a blast! We laugh, we smile, and we also create a visual memory. I hang all his masterpieces on one wall. (More inspiration) My biggest dream is to teach handicap children art. Who knows, it may be the one thing they look forward to.
What can we learn from art?
LD: The list goes on and on for what we can learn. I have illustrated everything from children’s books to painting cars! Each time it’s different. I learn new angles and ways of looking at the same things over and over. I am a self taught artist from a young age, and oh the things I have taught myself. I am able to see things in major detail when I am building my chicken coop, cutting my grass, and even decorating my house. Some folks are just naturally gifted while others have to work hard at it. Just sitting down once a week and painting, mixing colors, or going step by step on YouTube, will help!
What is your favorite form of art to create?
LD: I’m 100% in love with watercolors. For me they are the easiest and most fun. There is no wrong way of creating a watercolor painting. That’s what “art” is. Messy, fun, and full of your personality!
How would you encourage “non-artistic” parents to cultivate an interest in art in their children?
LD: My own mom has no creativity WHATSOEVER! Although, she did love to sit with us and color while we were camping. I think if you start your kids at a young age, it will build their creative mind to want to do more in the art sense. Who knows, maybe they will teach the parents. It’s not about being perfect. There is no rhyme or reason to my 2yr olds art, but he loves it. I LOVE IT TOO!!!
Visit LeAnne’s Facebook page here.