Hello world!

I’ve been a book blogger since 2012, and therefore have some blogging experience. For a while now, I’ve considered creating an art blog to show off some of my art and get inspired by others. As I’m currently drawing rather a lot, I thought I might take the leap and launch this little blog called “Creating My Own Reality.”

Why the name?

Originally I wanted to name the blog “Pastel Dreams,” as this is what I’ve called a site dedicated to my art previously. But a quick google search showed that this is a rather common name for art blogs, and I didn’t want to get my blog confused with others.

I found this quote attributed Alberto Giacometti – “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” – that I felt mirrored my relationship to art rather well. My aim isn’t to reproduce reality exactly as it looks, but with the same feel and influenced by my own style. Thus, “creating my own reality.”

Who am I?

The name is Cassandra and at the moment I’m 25 years old. I live in Sweden, in an old industrial city with lots and lots of beautiful buildings that I really ought to draw more often. But I’m rather bad at landscapes, and mostly do portraits.

I don’t have any formal art education. In Sweden, all pupils’ have art on their schedule during our compulsory education. The school I attended at the time also had something called “profiles” and mine was art, which meant I spent rather a lot of my time in school producing art and learning different techniques. In upper secondary, which is voluntary, you can get to choose an artsy elective and I picked art over music or dancing and what else they now offered. As my new school had an arts’ program, the teachers were excellent and I learnt a lot. Still, I’m mostly self-taught.

In recent years I’ve started to use mainly ProMarkers when I draw. I also draw with pens and colour pencils. Previously I’ve done a lot of water colour paintings, but it’s been a while, and also painted using Chinese ink. I’ve dabbled in acrylics, but don’t quite get the feel for it, and charcoal is a bit messy for my taste, but I often love the finished result.

I’ve recently found my local chapter of Urban Sketchers and try to meet up with the group at least once a week, but as you know – life has a way of getting in the way. But it’s a great deal of fun and I get a chance to go out of my comfort zone. And hopefully improve my landscape drawing skills.

How will it work?

As it’s an art blog, it’ll be based on what I produce. As this probably will vary from time to time, depending on how busy I am, it’s hard to set a definite blogging schedule. Especially considering that I, at the moment, enjoy rather much spare time, but this might be subject to change at short notice.

But I think that I’ll try to update at least three times a week. On Mondays, I’ll try to post something I’ve recently drawn. On Thursday, I’ll have Throwback Thursday to show off some old drawings and paintings, and hopefully show off how I’ve grown as an artist. On Sundays, I’ll show off some Urban Sketchers work.

There might be more drawings and paintings during the week, there might be less. I also might put on some book reviews of art books or post tips about my favourite art blogs. We’ll have to see.

But I’m excited to start this journey with you.

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