There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills, opera star
“Anytime you find yourself on the wrong road, you can always take the right turn and get back on the correct one. You have to forgive yourself, and move on. Wallowing helps no one, especially not you. I have been making little turns all last year and this one. I’m back on the right road and picking up speed….”
Hello my friends, and thanks for stopping by!
I want to to first tell you a little about myself and how B. Enchanted Design came to be. I was raised in Connecticut with a very creative Mom and supportive Dad. We had our family issues and obstacles but others had it far tougher. My parents have been married over 50 years despite those bumps. My Mom was my first art teacher, showing me how to “upcycle” when it was just called “use the cardboard from this package to make a toy”. She taught me my first drawing techniques, praised my first stories. She is the “B” in B. Enchanted, (it’s her first initial).
I wanted to be a writer for most of my childhood, and a singer, then a fashion designer in high school and finally an artist. While working in retail jobs at the mall and trying to figure out how to be an artist. My parents supported me all the way while reminding me that at some point I had to know how to pay bills. Then I left art school for one semester for medical reasons and a took a 40 hour office job. When the first paycheck fell into my hands, I didn’t go back to art school.
But in the meantime I had learned a great deal about art techniques, art history and the connections I felt to both. Frankly, my focus was just not developed enough for me to go the school route at that age. I just wanted to create. I could spend hours on a project in Ceramics 101 and forget to got to next door to Art History 102 (a class I adored) therefore failing Art History the first time around! (I got an A the second time around. I got a C in ceramics.)
In my twenties I did the local craft fair circuit with painted clothing. Then it all kind of went to to the wayside as children and life distracted my creative mind. I taught them crafty things, encouraged the one who is a now a writer, encouraged the one who is a now a singer. But for myself I spent time spending money on things I would never get around to making and busying myself with other things to fill the void art had left.
When someone tells me they have no regrets, that they refuse to do anything but accept past mistakes as growth and move on, I get that. But I cannot internalize it. Had I been true to myself instead of an imagined idea of what my life should look like, I would have been happier, and more successful. But guess what….
Anytime you find yourself on the wrong road, you can always take the right turn and get back on the correct one. You have to forgive yourself, and move on. Wallowing helps no one, especially not you. I have been making little turns all last year and this one. I’m back on the right road and picking up speed.
My blog will be all about things I see and hear in life and how it informs and inspires my art. I have several exciting projects in progress:
- Brand ambassador for Rita Barakat Art (see next post!)
- Sculptures and large mixed media in my studio
- Coloring DIY book to be published by autumn
- Visiting Creativation 2019!
- Book about fairy lands due in 2019
By sharing my moments, I hope you are supported and inspired to pursue your most passionate life! Because in life you should B. Enchanted!