It's weird, cause as kids, we are always told how creative we are but we don't put a whole lot of weight on compliments from friends and family. I do not think most artist had intended to be artist on career day. I got my degree in history and had planned on being the next Indiana Jones. History and literature were the only subjects I truly liked in school, mostly, because I love stories. I would often day dream and have an imaginary filing system in my head of which story I would continue to add to that day. I had heroes and villains for every issue in my life. Although, the majority of my stories were fantasy or scifi, they all very much mirrored my life one way or another. Perhaps the hero was confident where I wasn't or stronger than I could be or maybe the villain was evil where at times I wish I could fight without my moral compass. I have spent my whole life with these stories.
Well, I didn't become Indiana Jones. Instead I fell in-love right out of high school, finished college with my history degree and made a home with marriage and a family.Still got to travel the world and write up stories but for kids instead of for museums or text books. I wouldn't trade it for the world though, my kids have blessed my life in a way no career ever could.
Fast forward to 2005
I wanted to announce our new baby to his siblings in a special, magical way. So I wrote a fairytale that had each of them involved with saving the day and the kingdom of course. My daughter, Belle, wanted pictures to go along with the story. She wanted to be a fairy," How do I do this?!", I thought. "Ok, I got this, I will scan her photo and butterfly stickers for wings, then I will cut and paste it together! " Well, in 2005 that was my very first fairy photomanipulation. I mean if you can even call it that. I had made one so I had to then make about 50 more for the very long fairytale. It was one of the best moments of being a parent I have ever had. doing this project with my kids.
My kids and I took on this project of creating a whole world. Friends and family got involved as supporting characters, there were maps and cliff hangers and ideas for books 2 & 3.
I couldn't keep up with using stickers, so then I started watching youtube on how to use Photoshop. Well, that was a game changer.
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