Most Rewarding Experience By
It was the twenty-eighth of December. That was the day
that I embarked on a journey. A journey, which may change
forever the way I look at life and my artwork. For my birthday,
my grandparents bought a painting for me, by an artist whom they
know. Gregory Beylerian, the artist came to my home in order to
personally sign the painting for me. The night turned out to be
much more special than a signing. We got along so well, that he
invited me to come to Los Angeles for a week, to work on a
painting with him. That is exactly what I did. On December
twenty-eighth, two thousand one, I ventured into a whole new
Although I have been away from home before, I never quite
experienced anything like what followed. For starters, I was
flying alone and it was post the September 11th period. This
trip certainly taught me how to depend upon myself. It
definitely was my first step towards independence. The plane
acted as a bridge, which brought me into a whole new world.
Going on a trip to a place where I have never been before and
going without parents was exciting. Staying with an artist and
his wife, who I hardly knew and adapting to their lifestyle and
culture was unique.
It was a rewarding experience because on this journey I
formed a foundation, which shed a whole new light on art, in
ways I had never seen before. It had always been a hobby for me,
picking up a piece of paper, doing some scribbles and that was
it. Now I saw it in a way that made me consider the possibility
of venturing into this talent of mine, and pursuing it as a
passion, which could lead me into my eventual career.
I have always been fascinated with computer art, but was
only familiar with the basics. Greg’s teachings helped me to
learn much more about computer art. His teachings also helped me
become more knowledgeable of art in general. Just the fact that
I was being taught by a professional artist, and was his
apprentice was beyond cool, it was thrilling and rewarding.
Greg and his wife, Jude, treated me differently from my
parents. Parents tend to be overly protective, no matter how old
one is. Greg & Jude treated me like a full grown adult. They
introduced me to their friends, who asked me many questions
about myself. It was fun telling everyone I met, what my life
was like in New York, because I had never done that before. Just
sitting down discussing real situations and asking and answering
dozens of questions, helped me to get to know them better.
as an artist seems to mean planning your own schedule, setting
up your own limitations and planning your creative time. It
often means going to bed late, waking up at will and working as
long as the inspiration lasts. This lack of schedule is so
different from getting up; showering; eating breakfast; going to
school; coming home; doing homework; having dinner and then
going to bed.
Although the trip was only a week, it truly changed my
whole way of thinking. I knew I had matured. My parents realized
it very quickly because of the way I acted and handled
situations. They even made jokes as to whether I was in a pre
L.A. or post L.A. mode.
Bennington College is where I would like to be this
summer. I would like to be primarily involved in the art and
literature programs, because these are the areas in which I have
the greatest interest and where I could offer my best support.
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