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I have completed one week of a four week art class taught be a local high school art instructor. During her opening lesson, she discussed how many people label themselves as "not artsy" so they never try; but most of her students, when given the supplies, the guidance, and the freedom to experiment, find that they can create art.
I was one of those people for many years. I loved needlework, but I followed a pattern and detailed instructions. I wasn't creative. I didn't try many other crafts, and certainly never anything that required "artistic talent". When Amanda tried painting a few years ago, I was amazed at her talent. Watching and encouraging her painting and other crafts inspired me! She taught me that being "artistic" isn't always something you're born with - it can be learned and nurtured. Most artistic people are simply those who have given themselves the freedom to create - without pretending or apologizing.
Last August, she took me to a "Cork and Canvas" guided painting party, and I was hooked.
Since then I have branched into watercolors, and am even trying sketching in the art class I mentioned. There is nothing more relaxing in this world than creating something just for myself. It doesn't have to meet anyone else's approval or conform to anyone's idea of "art". It just has to please me. In fact, sometimes even I don't find the finished product all that pleasing, but the process always is.
To inspire you to stop labeling yourself and loose your inner artist, here are a few of my favorite creations:
For every painting that I like, there are a handful that go in the trash or get painted over, and a few more that are put in the "passable" file. But regardless of the outcome, the process makes me smile.