Guess what? You are too! Don’t believe me?
Come to the art retreat next weekend and get messy with some paint and see for yourself. You don’t have to know how to draw a straight line or a face or a flower. The beauty of mixed media painting, which I will be teaching, is that anything goes. You can paint, collage, stamp, stencil, glue and more. Don’t like something? Cover it up and keep going. It’s all good fun, no pressure, artsy playtime.
(these hands = a good day!)
So, here’s my story. About five years ago, I had a health scare, surgery and long recovery. I looked at my life, and didn’t like a lot of what I saw. Long hours at an administrative job that wasn’t giving me the opportunity to practice the parts of nursing that gave me joy. No time for my family or for doing the crafting, sewing, cooking I used to love. Took an online art class, almost by accident, which I found while looking for ideas for a fundraiser for my daughter’s ballet school. Hello! Mixed media painting! Wow! Well, to be honest, my first efforts were not great, but there was something there that pushed me to keep trying. I found something inside that was parched, but it started to unfold and bloom when I took out my paints. So I changed some stuff around, found a much more fulfilling nursing job that gave me more family time and more time for art. I’ve taken a ton of online classes, mostly in mixed media, but other art styles and techniques as well. I am not a professionally trained artist, I didn’t go to art school, and I don’t sell enough art to quit my night-shifts. But hey, I have sold some art and that is both weird and wonderful. Even if I never sell another piece, I will never give up my art, any more than I could give up breathing.
I do make time to paint or sketch or watch my latest online art class videos and connect with some really lovely online art friends most days. I am a happier, more fulfilled and probably nicer person than I was five years ago. So find the time, make the time to feed the artist within you. Whether it’s painting, baking, home décor, gardening, knitting or good old basket-weaving, find that thing that sparks your creative soul and fly with it.
You can start next weekend. I have a paint brush waiting for you.
Here’s a little peek at the kind of thing we will do in the mixed media part of the workshop.
My inspiration: this old hand-tinted photo of my Mom when she was about 3 years old. My mom was an art major and a teacher, an amazing seamstress and cook, and she was crafty before crafty was cool.