Why do I love painting., because I think I might make money at it someday? No absolutely NOT.
It is because it is the ONLY thing in my life that brings me such wonderful flow. True flow in the psychological sense as described by the positive psychologist Michaly Csikszentmihaly. http://psychology.about.com/od/PositivePsychology/a/flow.htm
It brings me to a place where I am living in the moment. It is a place for me where eight hours feels like five minutes. I have never experienced this feeling in anything I do. Lacrosse brings me to that place for a very short period of time, but nothing else I have done in life has been able to bring me to this mental state.
I can only draw stick men of sorts, so I never gave painting or any Art a real try until two years ago when my neighbour and friend Cristine invited me to her place for an Art lesson.
Since then I have been hooked, moving away from my fears of feeling I can’t … to I can. It is about the process for me, the freedom to just let go. I have taken four one day lessons with four different Artists (each having their own unique style) and that is what is so freeing.
There is no one right way to do Art. Painting is so liberating for me. I look forward to it as an escape, a relaxing activity that just brings me joy and most importantly flow.
We all need a little flow in our lives especially those of us who are in the helping professions. Flow brings us to the place where we can go to recharge.
I am not going to go to that place with my Art that can be the perfectionist in me. I am just going to let go and be me with the Art. I am doing this for me and if my kids happen to like a piece of art I do, I hope someday they will keep it with them as a memory of me. The fun, who cares piece of me that just allows it to be.
Maybe they will keep the piece that they had input into, the one where they inspired me to do something different than I originally planned. It is now the piece I call “ Celebrating Family”.
or maybe the piece I call Dancing in the Rain, which I loved to do as a child.
or maybe they won’t want any, but will have great memories of their mom having fun.
For me these Art days are about having fun, learning from others , celebrating and connecting. Not unlike ETMOOC.
For a little video of our last Art Day go to :
Art has brought great joy to my life. It is a gift that I am very grateful for.
These digital stories allow me to create memories and that really is what it is all about for me. Thanks again ETMOOC.