So, you want to paint, to create something beautiful, or not so beautiful. You just long to get something down onto canvas or board (fill in for your particular desire)- and, you simply cannot. You are intimidated by the blank canvas, haven't got a clue as to what you want to paint. Perhaps you know what you want to paint and do not have a clue how to get going. So days, weeks, months possibly years go by and the itch is not scratched.
One answer would be- go to the art store, buy canvas or paper, brushes, pencils, charcoal or paints and just get going. Easy, simple and for some non- threatening. Dip you brushes into paint, water or thinner; sharpen your pencils and just paint/ draw. Move the color around on the canvas and see how it makes you feel, enhance it with collage, slather on great globules of paint with a palette knife and let the moment take you away.
Or, find an online class to take or a how-to book to follow, so you have a visual expression to explore.
Or, take a class, find a local school or teacher that fits your desires. Make the time to take the first step in your new adventure. Being in a room full of people focused on the same objective is amazing! Use the energy to fuel and focus you. Find a paint buddy. Someone who you can talk to about your creation or when you feel stuck or bump up against a issue or choice to be made, share ideas with, create a challenge to be completed with.
Or, paint with a teacher who lives in a different state, or country. This will afford you an adventure that will broaden your world view, give you a focus for your trip and expand your artistic tool box.
Whichever way you choose here are a few things to consider:
· Never judge yourself or your work, especially if you are just starting.
· Developing your tool box takes time, focus, passion, patience and trial and error.
· You never set out to create a master piece. They happen when you least expect them to.
· Never compare your work to someone else's, this is just asking for trouble. Art is very subjective.
· The value has to remain in your eyes, whether or not anyone else sees the value.
· Never stop- if your creative expression make your heart sing, you keep at it for yourself first.
· The beauty of all creative expression is that you can do it for your whole life, until you can no longer hold a brush or pencil, sing a tune or write a story.
For some of us, creativity is as natural as breathing, for others it is a labor of love. The end result can be the same- glorious self expression and satisfaction of learning something new, greater experience, the gathering of an ever expanding and useful tool box, a focusing of what your expression is to be, gratitude and appreciation for a gift or desire explored.
Find enjoyment with every stroke, embrace each step along the way. Exploring your art is truly a path of self discovery. Grow your passion, while growing yourself. After all, you have your whole life to do so.