Courage Springs from a Bug
A positive side effect other the recent bout with the seasonal bug for so many weeks is I screwed up the courage to “do” art.
It’s daunting to see what I am capable of “creating.” I use the word creating advisedly because most of what I paint is after another artist’s work.
When I copy, I discover how limited my eye and hand coordination is; how poorly I can mix colors that come close to the artist’s palette. And how much fun I have!
Painting, whether watercolors or acrylics, is like mastering a second language.
Duh. I am a master of the obvious, am I not?
Sometimes, while I don’t like being reminded what a dullard I am, painting is a great tonic. Pushing through the embarrassment of being an rank amateur, and trying to create is time well spent, whether painting, gardening, or writing.
What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~John Updike
And who doesn’t need a little more breathing room these days?
Show some courage: Support the arts, especially in all our plans to educate our children!