Are you an artist...? OR just someone who does henna... my history on this.LONG

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Posted by Veronica on July 6, 2002 at 18:47:22:

Hello All,

This thread was inspired by the last post about not being able to
draw well, but like to do henna. I for one do not see this as a

My question is - do you view yourself as a henna artist or some
one who does the art of henna. You'll be surprised how you
define yourself if you have never thought about the question. It is
also amazing how we all define art and artist differently. I was
asked this question in martial arts (been in it for seven years).
Am I martial artist or do I just practice martial arts... whooo still
don't want to answer this one... hard! :)

Here is my view on henna. When I was younger I loved art! I
considered my self artisit - even if a 5th grader artist. My father
was into art and he real made me feel that I was CREATING MY
art, not just producing class room requirments. As I got older
and realized that I wasn't fabulous :) in art I decided not to take it
as electives in upper high school and college. However at home
I was still painting - using watercolors in a very untraditional way
- teachers would scream. Anyways this continued through
college but slowly I started to stop. Most of the time doing my
painting I was depressed and created out of my anguish
passion. Well surprise once I cheered up I just coulded paint
any more. I would try, but since I had not learned any other
techniques - everything looked like it always head and unorginal
for me and I was not happy. I stopped almost all art for three

Then I found henna! I had it done to me at a party (before
Madonna did it and when most people went "oh my god, I
thought you burnt your hand or that it was a ugly scar." I was
mentally intrigued and read about doing it a long time. Finally I
was ready to try it. After about three tries I realized I had to
practice drawing - mostly straight lines, and designs. After a
few years I progressed nicely, but still was terrified of very
intricate disigns (still am - which is why I'm at the point of trying
new tools and mixes) and making my own designs.

I would say that I was someone who did henna. I feel like
currenly a fledgling henna artist. I'm not there yet, but I feel my
passion flow through henna. For me the difference is the
amound of committment, joy, and skill. It's not just skill - or else
most henna artists would not be here - you have to start from
some where and get better. However I believe to be an artist you
have to take pride in your skill, love your skill, and understand it
deserves the time to practice and improve your skill. If you're
going to do sometime do it well... but realize that it takes time
and will be a journey.

As you all might have noticed I feel very happy about all of this. I
feel as if I hide/turned off my artist/creative side for MANY years
with dealing with "real" life. Besides henna I also make short
movies - I love filming and editing. Even technical things can be
creative. When I take raw footage and edit it to meet my mind's
eye and get to watch the outcome... it's great!

Thanks All,


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