“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” ~Henry David Thoreau~
When I was a child, I spent a lot of time alone, with my books, as well as paper and pen/pencil, and I would get ‘lost’ in my imagination…and I’d doodle and draw….
These are a few of my horse sketches that I held on to (these were done circa 1975-ish). I never pursued art in any way, shape or form…….my life choices back then didn’t include it.
Fast forward to my here and now….I want to sketch, I want to paint….I want to create…….I bought the paints, the canvases…I bought the sketch pads, pencils and pastels…..and NOTHING! I was scared to try, afraid to fail, make mistakes……….that anything I could come up with wouldn’t be good enough…….
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” ~Salvador Dali~
…but then I realized, wait a minute….I’m not doing this to impress anyone, I just want to paint, to draw. I wanted to have fun with it. I wanted to ‘play’ and create…….So, I did….FINALLY!!
Then I went to my first Paint and Sip class with my daughters. It was intimidating at first…..I was still afraid of ‘getting it wrong’, but after a while, that fear left and I was painting! And the best part was, we were painting a dragonfly!! :)) It was a wonderful experience and an awesome way to spend time with my girls…..
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” ~Vincent van Gogh~
It’s not always easy silencing that inner critic…..but my inner artist’s voice is getting louder…….I pulled out my paints while my grandson was here……it’s wonderful to see a young child create…..they have no fear of failure so there’s nothing holding them back…..and he painted…….
Good Job Landon!!!
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ~Osho~
I’m opening my eyes and my heart to the beauty of life. By doing so, I can/will bring out the beauty from within…….