Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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212 comments:

  1. My Dad is an architect so art supplies were always at hand. However, the passion for painting came from self.

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  2. It is all me...my dad could draw a little when young, but I never knew til I was an adult as he never pursued it. And my mom can't even draw a straight line with a ruler. So the talent might be hereditary, but the passion is all mine.

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  3. It is all me .. but my Parents supported me when they realized my passion for art

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  4. The passion and talent cones from me, but the support has always been my family.

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  5. probably from dad, the only other artisti one in the family

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  6. My passion for art (actually Arts, plural!) definitely came from family. My Dad used to paint with oils when we were young, and taught me to sing and play the guitar. I dabbled in drawing, acrylics, pastels as a teenager, but it was my sister who took art lessons as I turned to music. Six or seven years ago (in my late 40's!), she persuaded me to take some oil-painting lessons at the studio where she studies and teaches, and I haven't looked back since. I still sing, but now I also paint - and I've only recently discovered pencils, which I adore! Life is so good. :)

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  7. it is all me, and i learn alot from youtube, colored pencil magazine, deviant art.. ) and i love it

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  8. Portrait art helps me make people friends around me happy by giving them surprise sketch. This makes my day. So it's family and me hand in hand by enjoying every moment

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    2. My Father was an award winning Native American member of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma.
      I was often his model and full time student.. I studied with Charles Banks Wilson 2 years in Junior college in the 1960's My son is an artist, my granddaughter, sister's grandson, all have the talent. My wife has pushed me back to school in my retirement so i continue the passion.

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  9. I'm the oddity of my family......not one artistic characteristic in either of my parents and no artists in the family. My passion is mine and mine alone which I love because it makes me who I am. My passion continues to grow stronger each year and am inspired daily by artists I see shared on your page.

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  10. It was all me, but some far away aunt and uncle were cartoonists and painters respectively. I surprisingly started drawing by reading Katy Keene comics. My family is actually the biggest support for recognising my talent when I was little.

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  11. It was there since i was born... like a birthupdate 2.0 :)
    in preschool all kinds play games or something like that...and i take a pencil and a piece of paper and draw.

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  12. My father was a woodworker and my mother was a crafter of all trades. So I would say my family genes made me an artist.

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  13. half of my family (both sides) is or artistic (drawing, painting, music, architecture, sculpture) - they don't seem really serious about it. so I would say, it is somewhere in the Genes, but it was me who WANTED this, and who is working hard now, to improve and get better. and I love it.

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  14. nobody in my family. I started since I was a child, with a pencil in my hand ...ever! :)

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  15. From my father. He started late in life, after he retired. But his oils were amazing! He passed away a few years back, but his artwork is still known in my area.

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  16. I guess it was only me. I was always drawing and coloring as a child. And I still am!

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  17. My passion for art started with my family, they were not artists however when I was a child I was fascinated with the art my mother appreciated and I loved my grandfathers art that hung on his wall. I was determined to create beautiful touching artwork.

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  18. Genes for an artistic hand are in me through my mother. But I am passionate about it...all by self.

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  19. I guess for me it all started when I received my first box of crayons and prismacolours. So my family provided the tools and this passion for art has been with me for all these years.

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  20. Nicky James Burch (on Facebook) Both my parents are artistic in different ways, but my ability to sketch came from my father. He was in the Navy and enlisted during Vietnam. During that time and for years to come, while he was out to sea, he would send me drawings with his letters to me (an only child). I would always draw things on my letters back to him.

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  21. Quite a few people in my family are "artistic" but none have ever tried to pursue it as much as I have. I have been drawing since I was about 5-6 but I didn't even realize anyone else in my family could till I was in my teens. My gramma and my mom both sketched some, and my great grampa painted a little with oils.

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  22. Mine was from my cousin. She was always drawing when I was little and I would too.

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  23. I would like to say it is all me but I do have family members that are crafty and creative. I do have a great, great, great aunt that painted in oils. I have two of her paintings that I have restored from the 1800's and her canvas is old wallpaper. I am the only other person besides her that I know of to draw and paint.

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  24. My father's side of the family is creative....I am the only one who has pursued it for a career.

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  25. All me - my dad always told me I was wasting my time - but that never stopped me! Now he likes what I do and likes talking about his "daughter the artist"!

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  26. My mother and father were both creative people. I assume that it should come from them.

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  27. From my family! My mom did oil paintings, her sister did watercolor and pastels, my grandfather painted animals on stone and wood. One of my sisters paints murals, water color and acrylics. I also have cousins, nieces and nephews that draw and paint.

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  28. My Dad could draw really well and my Mother worked as a Draughtswoman, so I guess I had no choice!

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  29. its all me no one in my family draws .

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  30. Mum and dad were both teachers so we always had plenty of colored pencils and paper to play with. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. I'm the only child to pursue art in higher education and as a lifelong hobby. It really is a passion and it makes me happy and fulfilled.

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  31. It's all me! I didn't discover that I had artistic ability until my first high school art class. My family thinks it is only a hobby, but I don't care... I love to draw, and sell lots!

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  32. My brother taught me how to draw when I was little with using the carbon paper from the back of checks and the Sunday cartoons. He would have me trace out the picture and color it. Later he taught me how to do the fold method (fold the picture and your paper in squares and draw square by square). I think it was a babysitting tool for him, but its a memory I treasure and my absolute favorite thing to do. Honestly can't thank him enough for teaching me.

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  33. I don't know where it came from - I'm the only one!

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  34. Part of it was from my family. I have relatives that can draw and my mom is also into crafts or d.i.y projects, she got this creative blood running in her. But what really pushed me was the times I needed help for some drawing projects in school (grade school), unfortunately my relatives either lives far away and/or busy with their lives, so I had no one but myself to turn to. I started drawing and find out that I do have skills. Then from that, not only that I don't have to worry about my projects, I also discovered something special in me. As years pass by, my passion in art particularly in drawing continues to grow. From black and white line art to now colored and realistic; from doing school projects to now working on my own projects; from a little grade school student to now a young college lady. My love for art will continue to grow as I grow.

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  35. It's all me. Been like this my whole life. I got an award in first grade for my looking at things differently.

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  36. I am affraid I'm going to sound selfish and say it's all me... as neither of my parents had any inclination toward making art. I draw since I was able to hold the pencil in my fatty hands and never truly stopped. My very first passion was... yes, colouring :D Nobody taught me how to do it, but I was obsessed with colouring within the lines and extremely possesive of my books and pencils. A bit later, when the books didn't give me a satisfying enough story, I would create my own (I remember them looking very much like a 'find Wally' drawing), filling completely the entire sheet of paper with interlinking stories. How much I would've wanted to hold on to that gift! But bottom line is that nobody taught me.

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  37. I've always admired other artists, and art in general. It's justsomething I've always been passionate about.

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  38. It's all me, no one in my family is artistic.

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  39. My mom was awesome talented. I've been creating art since I was very little.

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  40. These would be for my daughter and it's ALL her. Starting in preschool she had a gift and vision all her own. Even years later, every day still has the pure joy of discovery. My artistic talents lay in dance and photography, I can't even draw stick figures. ((facebook name Natalie Borgardt))

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  41. My mom did arts and crafts, but no straight drawing or painting. I love looking at art, but I never thought I could create any myself. I've recently started watching tutorials and practicing, though, and I'm happy to say I CAN create--on a beginning level.

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  42. Somewhere in my background because my nephew likes to draw also. But no one else.

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  43. Everyone in my family is creative in some way.. either with sewing, cooking, building, teaching.. I'm the only one that carried on with art. I believe we all some some creativity boiling in our blood.

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  44. My father likes making things and taking photographs, and my mother used to sew and knit. When she was a child she used to like to draw.

    Judith C

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  45. My mom is very creative. She was very supportive of me and Interduced me to many different art forms and perspectives when I was very young. She is still my biggest fan.

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  46. It runs in y family, we still have to choose whether to pursue it.

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  47. My parents make me study in two schools. One is regular and another one is art school. So time passed and finally I'm an artist =)

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  48. family.. My grandmother was teaching me drawing and even coloring tips before I was even in school.

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  49. I have fund memories of my mother drawing/painting as a child. As a family my 4 sisters and I would would draw together every night after dinner. Creativity is good for the soul! ~Di Parente

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  50. My passion for art came from watching the creative ability of my grandmother she was always creating stuff so as a child I would colour in pictures to show her that I could be creative too. I also remember my grandfather sharpening my coloured pencils for me while I coloured in. My grandfather died when I was 7yrs old and I have continued to draw to keep his memory alive.

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  51. Joanne Peraino PusateriOctober 15, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    It runs in my family all of my sisters and brother do some form of art
    , guess you can say its in our blood.

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  52. I have fund memories of my mother drawing as a child. As a family, my four sisters and I would sit with her and draw after dinner for hours. Creativity is good for the soul! ~ Di Parente

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  53. I guess you could say I inherited it, my mom was a seamstress and my grandmother could do anything she wanted to do. However, I was the only one to go into painting.

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  54. I was already drawing a lot when my grandmother, who was a teacher, showed me my grandfather's paintings of the Thumbelina story he did for her class. She wanted to show me where my talent came from. Part of that made me passionate about art. But a big part of my passion comes from within as well as the encouragement from my parents. So my answer is both.

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  55. While my mom was very encouraging, I have to say that it was only as an adult that I truly felt my passion for art grow.

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  56. My mom and dad passed it on to me <3 ~ Momma would make paper dolls and clothing, I would cut them out and color them. She would also draw pictures for me. My dad would draw very funny characters when he doodled. I started drawing with pencils when I was about 3 1/2. When my parents died ( it started with the loss of my dad ) I pretty much quit my talent. Have done a couple of drawings, but not like I used to do. It's been so long. My Talent does not want to stay hidden I guess ~ because it is trying to peek out and stir my heart and mind. I would dearly LOVE to work with color. And I think color pencil would be a terrific place for me to start growing =) . I am finding out though that Crayola Pencils don't hold a candle to Prismacolor ! I sure am greatful to have the oppurtunity to enter this contest for these Color Pencils ~ Thank You So Much Color Pencil Magazine <3

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  57. It's all me. I enjoyed drawing and painting as a child and it just grew with me. Just wish I had more time to do what I love.

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  58. That's easy! One of my earliest memories is peeking over the table top to where my mom was making a giant poster for my birthday party! I could barely see over the edge so I must have been 3 or 4 years old. I grew up that way, mom made most of our decorations, our costumes, everything. I did the same. Maybe my kids will too!

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  59. I recently found out the my father and a couple uncles were artist, so I get it from family.

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  60. I think that in my case it's a family thing. :)

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  62. It is all me, i am the only person in he family who likes and studied art like a career

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  63. I love art and did the interior of a bar and boards at Iowa School for the Deaf when I was young. I have always done artwork. Both of my kids are totally devoted to art and music. Other of my sisters and brother also did artwork.

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  64. In my case, I started drawing because my health was very weak and I have to spend some time in hospitals... The nurses and my parents bring me pencils and that's it...

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  65. My dad is handy with paints and pencils.so I guess I take after him.
    Thank god I got my figure from my mum though lol...hes a bit rotund!!

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  67. No one in my family has the passion for art as much as I have, but they are artistic in music :)

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  68. All me. My father was musical, my mother analytical, my 8 siblings varied between the two. I took another track!

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  69. From my daughter who has loved art since she could hold something that left a mark.

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  70. art has been a huge part of my life, my family (mum, brothers & sister) gave me that passion but fo what i do, it's all me

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  71. My Mother loved painting and all kinds of crafts and she taught me so many different crafts which started out with me learning how to paint with a needle and thread and I miss her and wish I could show her that I have now developed a love of painting after I became unable to hold a sewing needle but can hold a paintbrush and it is has saved my sanity at times when I have been ill over the past 20+ years. It has now however spread to some of my children with a daughter who paints and sews and a son who got a BA Hons in Fine Arts and another son who paints in an aboriginal style and another son who creates things in leather.

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  72. I got it from my family but then made it my own. My girls have now followed suit and draw also

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  73. It was my mother. She did all sorts of crafts, especially knitting and crocheting.she always encouraged me to be creative. I in turn encouraged my girls and my oldest is an awesome tattoo artist!

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  74. I hail from a family of closet artists. We all create through different media, but we are creatives nonetheless.

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  75. I got it from both the maternal and paternal sides! Put our son through art school. and now in the golden years I am finally learning the basics and moving into Colored Pencil Painting! Jo Dengler

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  76. My Mother was a fabulous artist. She could draw people so very well, she had a good eye. She said my Grandfather was artistic, her Dad. My sister is very talented also.

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  77. My grandma used to paint, and we had here paintings all around the house.

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  78. I got it from the mighty one slides down from the rainbow,

    Chiew Hong Yan

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  79. I have always had a knack for art, but I truly believe my mother really feed my passion. She use to sell her art at craft shows, and witnessing that at a young age really helped encourage me.

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  80. My dad was draw many thing to us and my brothers followed him later. But now, they don't believe any more in Arts, so is it all about me to continue my way.

    Fja.AbdulAmeer@Facebook

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  81. Neither of my parents were artistic, although, I think my mom had talent but never developed it due to lack of self confidence. My sisters have the talent and so do both my children which I strongly encourage.

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  82. Art has always been a part of my life!

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  83. It's hereditary in my case, my mother was an artist, and so are my daughters. :)

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  84. It just came out of me and was encouraged by family.Visual arts has always been my thing. My mother did a lot with crafts and knitting or crocheting, while my father was very handy in woodworking and anything else he attempted to do.

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  85. Definitely from family. My mother ,an oil painter, encouraged me to paint and draw and gave me all sorts of coloring books . I drew my first horse at age two . I loved the 64 crayola box of crayons and fell in love with the burnt sienna which is to this day one of my favorite colors. My aunt was a painter in oils and acrylics ,as well. My cousin five generations removed was a designer for Tiffany so I guess art is in my blood!

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  86. I believe from my family BUT it had skipped a few generations. I loved visiting my two great uncles a painter and a carver who lived together during their senior years.
    ~ Terry ~

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  87. My Father and my Brother were my inspirations in my younger years!

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  88. my dad and my sister as well as my imagination.

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  89. It is all me, I totally love to watch nature and find random patterns that I love to sketch on any piece of paper I can get my hands on. Art is my passion and my heart.

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  90. No-one in my family or grand parents did it. I loves horses when I was young and was obsessed with drawing them. Just kept doing it and exploring on my own.

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  91. Most everyone one in my very large family had some sort of art. Mostly music. I am the only one that took to visual art. So I guess it's partly my family genetics and partly just me.

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  92. My Mom was a mad crafter, we had wool everywhere, and Hobbytek. She even made a a carpet for my room out of tapestry once... it was the most awful purple but had beautiful Australian animals Tapestry'd (sic?) into it.

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  93. Hard to say, since I was adopted when I was still an infant. My mom did love to sew while I was growing up and do some crafts. So maybe I got some from nurture....and who knows how much I got from nature. :)
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  94. I think it runs in my family although nobody made a living from it :)

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  95. My father was an Argentinian artist and I was growing old with the passion for arts.

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  96. It is all me - and my art instructor!

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  97. Its all me, although my mum is creative. But given incredible support and encouragement from my parents from a young age and now my partner. Surrounded by very loyal and interested 'non-artists'.

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  98. I thought it was all me...then I found out I had an aunt that taught oil painting.

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  99. My mother is a very creative person, I think she comes from my passion for art

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  100. Artistic abilities definitely run in my family. My mom can draw and when I was 23-24, I found out that my grandma & grandpa both draw & paint. No one ever did anything with their skills so while I believe I get my artistic abilities from them, the passion to go further with it is all me.

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  101. Corrina McLaughlinOctober 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Its all me for arty stuff, but my family is creative with knitting, embroidery etc and my inspiration comes from my daughters they appear alot in my work :)

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  102. I was always doing art work as a kid and my parents supported my interest with summer classes and explorations of galleries and museums.

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  103. I have enjoyed drawing since I was a child. My love of drawing comes from myself, since the rest of my family is mostly into photography. Lots of reference material!!

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  104. My aunt was an artist. She dabbled in many different mediums, oils, acrylics, ceramics, etc. When I was a toddler I mischievously got into all of it. My passion started very early.

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  105. Ever since we were children, I remember my older brother Servando always drawing using graphite pencils on anything he could get his hands on: scraps of paper, napkins, even inside his school textbooks. Later he graduated his art to using pastels and watercolors and he decorated the walls of our house. He was so focused when he was creating art and I admired this quality in him. My guess is I picked his passion for creating art from watching him.

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  106. I have drawn since I was a child, my grandfather was a good artisit but unfortunatly I never got to meet him or see his art. I now love to draw with my children.

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  107. It's just me.
    I'm hoping to see a spark in my children someday! ; )

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  108. I found art as a bit of a healing medium. There are some in my family that have painted in the past, but no one that I have gained inspiration from. I found that the colored pencils and drawing help my mind focus on tasks other than the constant pain of my condition. Art takes me away from my reality for a bit, so for me it is a very personal voyage, not one that draws from family ties.

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  109. My mom was very creative, so I'm sure some of it was genetic! My brother is also very musically creative--the arts are strong in my family!! :) I have drawn since I was a child, and basic art materials were always available to me.

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  110. I am the only one in my family with a passion for art, so far!

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  111. My parents encouraged creativity but the art part seems to be me in my family. Happy to say I'm passing it on though!

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  112. My grandmother was very artistic but did more needle crafts.She was constantly creating. I am the only one in my immediate family that pursues it, and only one in my entire family that has made a career of it :)

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  113. My mom was a graphic artist (unusual for her generation). I grew up surrounded by her art supplies and constantly watched her creating things. In addition, my environment was filled with lots & lots of pets (often unusual ones) and we frequently went camping as a family. So I think I was predisposed to love wildlife art. It has been an interest of mine from the beginning, although I have no real training. My career has involved animal behavior in one way or another. As I approach retirement, I'd love to learn more. Colored pencils seems like a great place to start!

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  114. My mom and Grandma are/were creative so they definitely passed on the creative gene, but ever since I could write or pick up anything I've been drawing and creating, so I would say a little of both. Art has saved my life many times, during struggles. So knowing it helps me, further drives my passion for it. :)

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  115. My Granny could draw a little, but other than that my family wasn't too artistically inclined. My parents still refuse even to touch a pencil or a brush, despite my efforts. :)

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  116. My mother encouraged me by providing art supplies and positive feedback from age 5 or 6 on. Other than this, which is obviously important, I developed on my own. I have taken many classes and workshops, and still enjoy doing so.

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  117. It's all me. My parents weren't interested in art and even tried to discourage me, but I kept drawing from the age of 5. Took some classes in college but that's about it for training. Now I'm 57 and for the first time, I can take it a bit more seriously and I love it! Happy to say I've passed it on to my daughter and niece, however, both of whom are great artists!

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  118. Arts and crafts was big in my house. Both my Mom and Dad were pretty creative.
    My dad liked to sit and draw with me, but that was mostly because he liked architecture.
    Art is all me - working with color is my favorite thing to do.

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  119. My mom is my inspiration both genetically and practically. I remember looking through her sketch books as a child and being amazed at her talent. She got me interested in both art (pencil drawing) and crafts (knitting) when I was very young. When she retired, she became a noted artist in Tucson. I hope to grow up following in her footsteps. (Dad is a whiz in the kitchen, that's his gift to me as well!)

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  120. I certainly got my passion for art from my family - my mother studied art, and my father used to take art classes. We had art books that I used to look at as a child, and my mother and I did a lot of crafting together. My sister also went on to study both art and graphic design. So I think it's safe to say that art does indeed run in our family. :-)

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  121. Passion for my art came from a bit of both. My Mom was interested in art much later in life and my oldest daughter is an art teacher in NY City. I started drawing around 15 years ago and found that it was like taking a mini-vacation from a stressful job and hectic life. I picked up colored pencils about 8 years ago and have been hooked on them since. I'm 50 now and hope to retire early and maybe sell some pieces...that is once I'm good enough!

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  122. My passion for art found me at age 36 when I minored in art at Wesminster College. My life was forever changed and now I have been teaching art for 13 years! claracrosby@sbcglobal.net

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  123. my passion for art its all me ! i was drawing since i was very little

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  124. For me it goes back to my Great Grandfather, Grandmother and Mom. I have a page from my Great Grandfather's sketch book on the wall in my office/studio.

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  125. Just me!... I love my pencils since I was a child and today I still drawing and painting with them :)

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  126. I think my love of drawing is all my own, although my family was crafty in other ways...my great grandmother did paint-by-numbers, both grandmothers embroidered and crocheted. Trying to pass on my love of art to my kids!

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  127. definitely my parents...they instilled and shared creativity thru out their lives...they were both art teachers! i was even honored to have them as "teachers" in the classroom!

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  128. I was inspired by my mother's fascination with art and nature, and her drawing skills.

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  129. Mostly inspired by my sister and father who were artists. Never thought I could draw, but I can!!

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  130. My family is artistic - my maternal grandmother did needlepoint, my uncle was a menswear designer and pastel artist, and my mother is an oil painter. My other grandmother was a wonderful knitter!. I was always surrounded by creative people who inspired me.

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  131. I think it mostly comes from just 'little old me'. I remember when I was very small we visited my great aunts house and I saw her oil paintings and it really interested me. Then, my sister was doing artistic things, oils, carving wood etc and I wanted to learn it all...but she did these things for only a short while. Through my adult years I drew every now and then, painting murals on my daughters walls, but it wasn't until retirement that I finally had time for me. I've been seriously drawing ever since. LOVE IT!

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  132. I would like to think it was me but I owe a lot to my wife and daughters. We took our girls to art and science museums from when they were little. Our younger daughter was a art major in college and is one of my best critics. We have art books to inspire us and keep me working, and enjoying my art.

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  133. I crawled out of a gene pool swimming with artists, architects, sculptors & musicians!

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  134. No one in my family had a love for art, I was a rebel. Lissag123@verizon.net

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  135. It is all me~~~ others in my family do oils, acrylics, or clay~~~ I'm the only one that does color pencil~

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  136. I think I got my love for art from my mother she was always doodling.

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  137. My mom is an artist...she is quite proud that I inherited her "art gene."

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  138. It's all me with a lot of classes and practice. I have been interested in art since I was very young. My mom was very supportive of me. I got alot of encouragement from both of my parents.

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  139. I have had a passion and a gift for art since I was young. My daughter and brother really pushed me to publish my work. My parents were also very supportive. I love colored pencils and use them all the time. I have around 400 different pencils. Love the prismacolor pencils. Have been using them for years. Seeing a book call "The Best of Colored Pencil" really inspired me.

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  140. I was fortunate to have a family that valued art and creative prusuits. My mother encouraged all of us to do something artistic. I feel in love with visual expression at an early age and my mother supported it while I was growing up. A trip to a musuem or a play was filled with fun and excitement. I am very thankful for this gift she gave me. Its the best gift because it has lasted my entire life.

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  141. My parents are relatively talented, but don't have jobs connected with art. They weren't improving their skills over the years nor they encouraged me to take up art. I started drawing when I saw my acquaintance's amazing works, but still, I believe it's my parents' artistic genes helped me at the start ;))
    Dominika Kubik

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  142. My mother painted a little here & there, but we weren't close at all so it didn't have any influence on me. When our daughter turned out to be very artistic, we were all thinking it was because my aunt (mother's sister) was an artist but none of us were ever around her, either. I did not discover I was an artist until 2 yrs. ago at 46 yrs. of age - what a surprise! I always had myself painted into the "math & sciency" box. Now that I am actively pursuing art, I look back on how I've been all my life and go "Ah-ha! THAT'S why I was that way!" I never knew and no one around me noticed, either. My husband is the only one who has noticed my innate tendencies and encouraged me to give it a try. Now I am feverishly trying to make up for lost time and enjoying it tremendously - it has become a passion! Lisa Gibson montanagibsons@gmail.com

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  143. My Mother was a graphic artist for many years and also painted. My parent encouraged my artistic skills when I was younger by taking me to private art classes and going to many art festivals.

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  144. Lauren Angel-NicholsOctober 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    My grandmother was a hobbyist painter, my mother tried some art school, and I started painting at the age of three. They didn't teach me what I know now, but I do believe it is in my genes, and I was born with the talent to see things the way I do. I think anyone can learn how to draw, but I think those born with the passion in their blood have the ability to do things easier. Ive been formally trained and now am making it my career.

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  145. My passion for art was springing from my older sister who is artist and my inner person when I was little child. So I do art in different areas-animation papers, murals, painting, digital art, etc. My family always support and encourage me since I was child. They enjoy my art. But I haven't publish my art yet.

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  146. I learned to draw from my mom's books using her pastels and pencils - definitely runs in the family. ;-)

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  147. It's just me! It's a great way to melt your cares away. But it could be a little inspired by other family members, sister and sister in law and good friends. Who doesn't love art?

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  148. I think it just came to me. My mom became inspired to make art because of me but she had a cousin who was an artist.

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  149. I began drawing when I was four, I drew Popeye, the sailor cartoon character. My mom liked to draw a bit, and encouraged me to continue by buying color pencils, I never stopped using them!

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  150. I've always been an artist... I worked and practiced forever to gain the skills I have. All self taught, no one else in my family can do anything artistic for toffee... lol...

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  151. My passion for colured pencil art is inspired by my oldest son, who is a very talented photorealist artist who is studying art at university. I miss him very much - but we still talk about art every day, and he always encourages me to keep practising and learning!

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  152. I have always enjoyed arts and crafts but when I discovered what you can accomplish with coloured pencils I was amazed. So I guess I am inspired by other artists and strive to improve my work as a result. I am self taught, through lots of research and trial and error I improve.

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  153. It´s all me and since nobody from my family has passion for art, I don´t really have many real supporters :)

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  154. My mother was a great artist, my sister is very talented, and I have lots of "greats" in my family tree that were oil painters. But I'm the first to love colored pencils!!

    Cathy H Giles

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  155. My parents were multi talented but it all had to do with garden, farm and home. So I guess it is all me.

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  156. I saw an awesome Drawing and next day I tried to draw something. I loved it :-)

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  157. I think it is actually a little of both. But I was always drawing from as far back as I can remember. After my dad passed away in 2005 we discovered one of his old Army manuals that he saved because I had drawn all over the pages. (I must have been around 4 or 5?) I don't imagine that, at the time, he was very happy that I had done that but he still saved it after all those years!
    Jan Fagan janstrock@aol.com

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  158. A little of both I think - family is more crafty - I'm more artsy.
    I still have pictures I drew from kindergarden! I've been doing something artsy all my life!!

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  159. My father was a very fine pencil artist so i saw him and learned.

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  160. My comment got goofed up. I was adopted and after finding my birth family I discoverd my birth brother was an artist. So its in the blood and spirit. Before the Shah of Iran was disposed my birth brother did is portrait. In his younger days he worked at the National Gallery of Art. I am happy to draw a stick man. I do enjoy watercolor, acrylics and mixed media. ADD and all over the place.LOL.

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  161. I began to draw all by myself, let my parents buy the pencils and stuff because i was about 3 years old :) ( it began in Kindergarten)
    Only my cousin was very creative as well and did painting, but i didn't have much contact to her, so I'd say it was all my own idea to start a creative career.

    Cheers,
    San (S.K.)

    ( my facebook like is a Page, don't forget to look it up! ;) )

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  162. My whole life, I thought my passion for color and detail and pattern and seeking new ideas was all mine. But then four years ago my mother had a debilitating stroke and ended up in a nursing home. She had made sets of hand-stiched quilt blocks for years, but never assembled them into a completed quilt. I sought out a local woman who does quilting and asked her to complete a few of them in exchange for some artwork. When she saw my mother's work, she immediately commented on the beautiful and perfect stitching and choices of colors, and said she couldn't wait to show it off to both of the quilt guilds she belongs to. When she took them to a fabric shop to choose backing material, the older lady who owned the store immediately called her employees over to see "what perfect hand stitching looks like". Only after all this did I realize that I got my passion from my mother! She was so modest about her ability, she never showed it outside the family, and since I didn't know anything about quilting arts, I didn't appreciate what I was seeing. She died in April 2012, and we displayed seven of her beautiful quilts at her funeral. Some ladies from the community came to the visitation just because word got around about her quilts on display. Although I don't plan to take up quilting, I now know that my pursuit of detail, color and pattern has its roots in her.

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  163. I picked it up on my own since grade school, but a brother of mine also loved to draw. And currently one of my nieces is excellent at drawing, so I think it runs in the family now :)

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  164. My family says it's all me, but really...the entire family has some sort of talent in cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, crochet, and painting...

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  165. My mom drew a lot for me, when I was a child. Now she's doing little drawings for my children, when she writes them letters (we live far away from each other). So I guess I inherited my love for pencil and paint :)
    Thanks for this giveaway and good luck to all!

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  166. My father and grandfather both were talented artists even though they had careers outside of art. I've drawn since a little girl and have always been encouraged by my family.

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  167. I'm going to say all me since I'm the only one who draws and paints in my family. Except for my daughter is quite the artist too. I started drawing when I was around years old but stopped a few years later. Then about 2-3 years ago I came across some colored pencil paintings by Alyona Nickelson. They inspired me to pick up drawing and learn how to paint with colored pencils. So here I am today drawing and painting every chance I can get

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  168. I was interested in drawing since my childhood (kindergarten years). My parents were supportive for my art because it was a hobby of mine. Fastforward 20 something years, my family still enjoy my art but they don't support my idea of becoming an artist. However, art is still a strong passion of mine after all these years. Despite of what others might think, I would keep working on my artistic side until my dream is realized, becoming a famous artist.

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  169. My Uncle Wally! He used his GI Loan to go to art school, he graduated from Art Center in Pasadena, I remember as a kid, I stood behind him as he drew a quick sketch of my grandmother, this was over 50 years ago. It now hangs in my home. He was the one who inspired me, he was the one I took after in the world of art, and I am so grateful for all I learned from him; and inherited from him.

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  170. My family is very passionate about art and design so that definitely made a deep impression.. but becoming an artist was all me..self taught..!

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  171. I was born with this interest in life. So I say it is in my genes. I have an intense awareness of my surroundings and wanting to learn everything that I can. Never let your mind become stale - stay alert - there is always something to learn. :)

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  172. All me! Early on my family thought it was silly to want to study art! I'm glad I picked it back up in my retirement years!

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  173. Family! My Nana was a painter and I wanted to make beautiful pictures just like her. Difference is I choose colored pencils as my medium instead :)

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  174. My Daddy was the artist and I was mesmerized with everything he did! My earliest memory is a crushed Smalti mosaic of Adam and Eve from Tandy Crafts in Fort Worth, TX. My Nanny was also an artist and she and I took oil painting classes together. Art is life....it's the heart and soul of me. Lisa Anderson - Barefoot in the Glass

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  175. It's all me. I began coloring at an early age, which lead to drawing. We moved a lot when I was a kid, but drawing was a constant in my life. I got my first drawing award in 4th grade when we lived in Florida, a palm tree on the beach. We moved to the U.P. Michigan where I went horse crazy, drawing every horse image I could get my hands on. The horse craze continued when we moved again to Oklahoma and began to develop interest in other things to draw. I was introduced to Prismacolor Colored pencils in college and fell in love with them. That was in 1982 and have been working with them ever since. I am currently a high school art teacher and teach my students how to use the Prismacolor Colored pencils and all the versatility of the medium. My advanced students love using them with the OMS and viewers of my students work are amazed at the results the students achieve.

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  176. I gained my passion for art all by myself. I sparked the interest at the age of four and ever since have been trying to develop my artistic skills.

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  177. My passion is my own. Everyone else in my family is a writer, so I don't think they were totally against art as I hear of in some families. I definitely feel that my family is supportive and maybe even glad I was opting to do something creative other than writing.

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  178. like painting, like drawing, like colour pencil.... i'm from Malaysia!

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