Free Your Mind & Inner Artist

Do you have an inner artist? I challenge you to find out and get your creative juices flowing.

Okay so I’m pretty impressed with the fruits of my labor from my first acrylic painting art class. I’ve painted acrylic once before but this was my first time with an instructor.

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My interpretation of Georgia O’Keefe’s calla lilies. Acrylic painting class, March 3rd 2012.

 

For Valentines Day my boyfriend got us an acrylic painting class (with wine :)) and  it was a blast! It was so nice and soo freeing to just let go and trust my instincts instead of over thinking and over analyzing every minute detail. It sounds silly but it made me a bit nervous not knowing how each brush stroke was going to turn out, especially because I wanted it to turn out nice. I’ll admit my mild case of OCD started to take hold when I felt some of my initial line sketches were out of whack…until I realized I can’t make a mistake! No matter what I did or how I did it…this was my own creation at that particular moment in space and time! After that amazing realization I let loose and the more I painted the more confident I became. I loved it!

I will be taking many more art classes over the course of this year (including sketching out my favorite digital photos from my upcoming trip to France and Italy) and look forward to having many for days free of judgement from myself and others and to keep my spark of endless creativity and possibilities ignited!

Silence your inner skeptic. The best is yet to come!

What I found most interesting about the class was that regardless of who you spoke to everyone thought their painting was the worst. How terrible is that?! When I looked around I thought all the paintings were fabulous and I was thoroughly impressed. It just goes to show that at times (or at least in my little itty bit art class in Phoenix on March 3, 2012) everyone tended to be their own worst critic.

Goal suggestion–write it down!

This is and has been on the top of my goal list for some time now and it will remain at the top of my list. My goal is simple…No negative self talk! If I start to doubt or criticize myself I catch myself in mid thought and reverse it into something positive. You will be amazed at what happens when you just get out of your own way. 🙂

Your whole idea about yourself is borrowed – borrowed from those who have no idea of who they are themselves. ~Osho

 

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