How many people give up a hobby because someone says they are not good at it? And how many have persisted because one soul encouraged them to keep on going?
I was astounded several years ago when I spent five hours reworking a structured painting, ending up with an abstract by the end of the evening.
Having several writer, author, artist types on my friends list, one of the creatives spoke up and offered to screen print my creation onto a Tshirt to sell in his shop and divide the proceeds.
At the time I was in journalism, and though most writers have a side hustle of some sort, I opted not to take him up on the offer. A marketing decision it was, as I was working on my book and trying to get that finished.
Some time later I interviewed an actual artist. Pretty cool, as he taught middle school children how to rework their paintings for “art” effect.
The kids were mortified and protested greatly as they had one idea, carefully painting that. There were nature scenes, family pics, weird creatures and more.
So he instructed the children to blindfold themselves (teachers, Paras, and guests present) and then turn their painting upside down and use a different brush in different paint, making haphazard designs.
“Now you have art,” he said.
I guess the type A side of me cringed as I saw this, as all of a sudden, their paintings took on a different life.
Some of the kids were mad, others were laughing, still others were like “oh cool!”
Today’s painting is an abstract. It started out as an ocean scene, then I painted over that and it all became lavender with a olive green heart tilted to the side.
Frustrated that it looked like a nothing canvas, I then sloshed yellow paint across it in the middle, mixed with white.
Then remembering a little art trick we did in school, took a Q tip and scratched a flower and pot design in the paint while it was still wet.
Happy flowers. Happy happy flowers.
One thing I have learned from artists is that art is your expression. Yes, I would love to paint something that resembles something factual.
And I may again paint coffee cups for fun. Or other little items. Or rocks. Or my old jewelry box that has junk jewelry. Or a wooden spoon. Or.
Here is to exploring your creative side.
Molly sends her regards. The splendid housecat approves this project.