I am forever encouraging you to try something new, and now that I have some time, I am venturing out into a different territory. Although I have enjoyed music and the arts for years, I have never painted.
So, this week I had my first lesson on painting with acrylics. I knew that the right teacher would make all the difference in my beginning experiences, so I chose carefully. Beverly, my teacher, is a talented local artist who is known for her innovative and unique mosaics as well as colorful paintings. In my contacts with her, I knew she would help me gain the basic skills but allow me to do it my own way.
In this new endeavor, I would need lots of support as I collected new techniques, tried new materials, and made choices. It was a little scary when I first looked at the blank canvas. What could it be? Could I do it? Were my expectations too high?
As we began painting Three Trees in a Forest, I was cautious, shaky, and intimidated. Beverly’s positive words encouraged me: “That’s the way,” “Looking good!”, “Nice!” and “It doesn’t have to be perfect!” Interwoven in her conversations were instructions for how to hold the brush, thin the thick paint, and make my own color.
It was exciting and exhilarating!
As I grow as a painter, I will share with you my feelings and hesitations.
So, today I am challenging you to venture into something new…and feel the excitement of your creative juices being set free!