Unleashing My Inner Artist……

“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…….


11 thoughts on “Unleashing My Inner Artist……

  1. Yes, making art with toddlers/young children is the best way to overcome your fear of not being good enough, because they don’t care, they just do it 🙂 well done you!

  2. I am so amazed at how much those pictures you and your daughters painted look alike. I have to let Lord Drollery read this. He painted some in high school and did a fair job. He’s been wanting to try again forever but just like you said, even though he has all the stuff he can’t get up the nerve. Soon as he’s up from his nap I’m sticking this in front of his face!!! What a terrific post. So energizing and encouraging.

    • Calen,,,we had a pattern to help us with the dragonfly outline which is why our dragonflies are similar……the free hand marsh grass is what ‘scared’ me! lol
      Tell LD to blow the dust off his paints,,he won’t regret it!!!!!

  3. Oh now I want to try to paint again! I took a painting class as a child because I loved art. I painted a few masterpieces. They we’re cherished but with the death of my brother in law who cherished one, then my dad and now we’re minimalists….but hopefully one day I’ll paint with my grandsons! I’ll remember this post until then!

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