As a kid, I didn’t like art class. I never allowed myself the gift of getting lost in creating something because I compared my work with others and always came up lacking. Thank goodness, those days are in the past.
These days I spend a lot of time creating. Whether I’m weaving words, planting a garden, capturing images through the lens of my big girl camera, or, more recently, playing with watercolour or acrylic paint, I’ve learned to appreciate the process and get lost in it.
This afternoon, I spent a pleasant couple of hours playing with acrylic paint. I’m taking classes (oh, the joy of being retired and having time to take classes!) from Yvette St. Amant. Much like cooking from a new recipe, I like to follow one of her tutorials and then take what I’ve learned to create something of my own. Today I painted to a couple of tutorials, picking up new techniques and ideas for my next painting session, and had a wonderful and relaxing time (a black and white of one of my paintings accompanies this post since I’ve started a theme of using B&W here. You’ll have to click over to my Facebook page to see the colour versions of both paintings) :-).
It’s late afternoon now. The dogs have been fed and I’m thinking ahead to pulling together an easy Sunday night supper. I’m still chewing on the personal application of something our Pastor said at church this morning that’s stuck in my mind. All in all, it’s been a good day.