Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Discovering My Inner Creativity


My friend Sarah has a drop-in art at her home on Monday afternoons. For a long time I have been envious of the people who have afternoons free and can go and work on their art projects. I always had school. When summer came, I have been planning to go to Sarah's every Monday, but something always seemed to happen at that time.

Yesterday, finally, the time was right! I had put this date in my calendar as I was taking two friends to meet Sarah as well. I was the non artist in the group. I took my canvas that I had bought months ago. I had some brushes as well. Otherwise, I was clueless.

I don't know what I really worried about as everyone was so helpful! They talked about colors, shading, color wheels etc. I listened and tried to incorporate their suggestions (some with more success than others). The only thing I put my foot down was the color orange!

My goal and my word for the year is DISCOVER. I have been trying to discover many new things this year. Yesterday I succeeded in discovering that, yes, I can paint! Not for anyone else, but for me! I had so much fun painting, trying different colors, difference brushes (even a toothbrush), and most of all, chatting at the table with the other ladies! We came from four different countries. With four different opinions, but we loved being together!

I am wondering what other artistic and creative thing I could try next??? I think a trip to Jo Ann's might be in order.

How do you continue to incorporate your word of the year into your life?


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  1. What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon! Sounds like you had a lot of fun! You made another great DISCOVERy when painting yesterday!

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  2. What a fun time for you! There is so much to discover when we step out of our usual world.

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    1. It was scary first, but the end was a great reward!

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  3. That's so fun!! I recently put my name on a waiting list for an online mixed media course starting in Sept. I've always been drawn to mixed media and now want to make some of my own!!

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    1. Mixed media course! That sounds fun!

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  4. A few years ago, I made art part of my "Annual Learning Plan" at school. I really worked to make my art instruction more about art and less about crafts. As a non-artist, this was a huge growth experience for me! Thank goodness for Youtube. :) It is fun to create.

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    1. I think there will be a bit more art in my future! Perhaps I could utilize YouTube...

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  5. I have a feeling that this is the start of something wonderful for you, Jaana - an artistic outlet on a regular basis.

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    1. Thank you Tara! Sometimes I have put aside the great PD ideas and just let loose!

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  6. It is always great to discover a hidden talent. I look forward to hearing about your first art exhibit.

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    1. Let's not go too far! Maybe there will be a few more pictures on my wall in a few months!

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  7. Good for you! Your rewards were many for your taking that step. And what a wonderful thing - drop-in art. I want to find one of those!!

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    1. I am already planning to have drop-in art at school for parents. Perhaps mixing it with reading....

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  8. Doesn't it feel wonderful to step outside of your box and discover something different? It sounds like you may have found a way to release your creativity.

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    1. Yes, release creativity! We all need that!

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  9. I have dropped in to a watercolor group this summer. I haven't had quite the supportive experience but I took it all in stride and realize that we each have something to offer. My OLW was open, so I am trying to open up to new experiences, much like discover.

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    1. Margaret, I think you have really lived your OLW this year!

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  10. Wonderful word for the year and great that you could explore the artist in you. I love to create and look for challenges on line. I am currently taking part in ICAD - index card a day through Daisy Yellow. I don't create every day but I have fun when I do. (bunnysgirl.blogspot.ca is my at blog) Have fun and create!

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    1. "Explore the artist in me" What sweet words! Thank you! I hopped over to your creative site; you have some great art pictures there!

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  11. I hope that you will have a chance to join an art class. Few (almost eight) years ago I joined one painting class and even when I didn't know what I was doing I enjoyed the experience immensely. I haven't painted since but some people who started with me continued. One of the women has even personal art shows now. Who knows where your discoveries will lead you.

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