it's saturday... what am i doing here?! well, this week is going to be super hot so i'm cramming all the work that i can today.
part of growing as an artist, i think, is acknowledging the attempts, the "firsts", as part of the journey without worrying about the quality of the finished piece and putting it out there for everyone to see. for me, it has become essential to document this part of my growing. i'm not sure why, it's just an impulse. i can't help but think that it will give at least one person a push to try it too -- to venture into new avenues, regardless of the so-called talent. it's not about the final result; it's about the fun that you unleash during the process.
i'm lucky enough to be surrounded by supportive friends, artists and none. we seem to be going through the same motions in our lives. we're aspiring to live every moment to the fullest and grab the joy that comes with that. it's a great feeling and i think part of that is due to living a creative life. daring to be different. just daring.
so last week, steph and i went to the park and in my tote i dropped a forgotten moleskine watercolor journal and my set of kuretake water-soluble paints. we sat down on our mats, mine full of holes and getting my white skort all wet and dirty (all part of the fun). with butterflies in my stomach, i grabbed the pencil. why am i so scared?! ridiculous? the blank page is mine to do what i want with, it's not a contest. so i breathed and dove right in. every pencil mark became easier, more enthusiastic. i've unleased the beast and was sketching furiously without aiming for beautiful. and one by one, the screaming kids disappeared, the smoking teenagers hiding under a tree didn't exist. all there was for me was opportunities to add pencil and color together on a white page. oh joy!
and during the process, i may have turned steph's beautiful face into a raccoon but it's all good :-)
have a wonderful weekend!