On a recent camping trip, I was sitting at a picnic table with a woman my age and a 9 year old girl showing them how to “play with water colors” and how to make doodles in a sketchbook. It is a very relaxing and meditative practice and I think we all could use a little bit of that.
Over the years I have dabbled in more mediums than I can remember. So many people are intimidated by making art because I think they feel they need to be Artists making Fine Art when in reality, they just need to be people making art.
“I am not creative” “I am not artistic“
Is this you? Maybe just rethink what it means to be creative or artistic. You don’t have to be a Fine Artist making gallery worthy work. Art and creativity comes in so many forms. Laying out and tending a flower garden, cutting and arranging the flowers or planting a vegetable garden, cooking the food that was harvested are all forms of creativity. Decorating your home, whether for the holidays or just in your esthetic is definitely an artistic endeavor along being creative with the organization of closets, cabinets and drawers. Knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, needlepoint, embroidery are a few more examples. We tend to think of creatives or artists as writers, painters, sculptors, film makers, etc but we all possess our own artistic creativity.
“I can’t draw.”
This one had me for a very long time. I thought since I could not immediately sit down with a blank sheet of paper and a pencil and make an image that I had pictured in my head, I could not draw. It had to look amazing and perfect and since that was not the case, I held the belief that I couldn’t do it. I did not pick up a pencil or paint brush for many years. Like any skill, it is something to be learned and practiced so I started. I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination but I have learned how to make marks on paper that I like. I have given up on trying to be perfect and letting the “mistakes” become part of the drawing. Also I didn’t have to show anyone, unless I want to. I can draw and create for myself and only show what I want to. That was so liberating!
It also has become a very relaxing and meditative practice for me and I would love to share the process with you..
Would you like to try it?
Videos and several types of tools will soon be available for you to dip your toes into your pool of creativity! You may decide to wade in a bit more or take the plunge and go all in! This will give you a chance to give this practice a try without feeling intimidated or it being a costly endeavor.
Stay tuned for all the details!