Hello friends, old and new! I've decided to start this blog, Maddie's Notes, to get to know my followers, share some of my experiences, and build new connections. I had been thinking about starting a blog for a while now, but it wasn't until I participated in Fredericksburg, Virginia's Art Attack event a couple of weekends ago that I decided to take the leap. I met a bunch of people and received some great feedback, but I was asked a handful of questions, too.
It's encouraging to see so many people express an interest in learning more about art, and I want to contribute what I can. It's always been my belief that anyone can create art if they put the time and effort into it. Whenever anyone says to me, "I wish I could draw!" or "There's not an artistic bone in my body," I get frustrated because often it's not like creators were just born with a gift. Most of us have had to work at it for years and are still working at it.
There will never be a point in my art career that I think, Well, that's it! I've learned everything I can about art. So I want to share what I discover in my own research and experiences as well as dispel certain beliefs people may have about art and artists.
I'm going to end this post with introducing myself a little bit. So, hi, I'm Maddie Huddle! As I write this, I'm currently 24 years old, I live and work in Fredericksburg, VA (U.S.A.), and I am a professional artist. As lives go, mine has been pretty ordinary; I've lived all of my life in Fredericksburg, except for four years of college at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. For those who don't know, Richmond is only about an hour drive from Fredericksburg, so I didn't get very far before returning to Fredericksburg after graduating in 2015.
I'll probably share more about myself and my life, but that's where I'm going to end it for now. My goal is to write at least one blog post a week (we'll see if I can live up to it) so if you have any questions or blog topic requests, please leave them in the comments or submit them anonymously in the "Ask Me Anything!" form in the left sidebar.
Thanks for reading (if you got this far) and I'll see you next week!