An Artist is an Explorer!

I love this image. I’ve been creating my whole life but still feel I’ve so much more to learn and explore. You can start a project then the ‘What if?’ possibilities from that branch out again and again until you feel like you have a whole new world to explore and no time to do it. Opportunities are endless.

For those of you who have a little niggle in your brain saying ‘ I want to give art a go but don’t know where to start’ or ‘I can’t do it, it won’t be perfect’ , all I can say is put those fears in the bin! Seize the day and just give it a go, start small, don’t give yourself expectations and just see where it leads you. We all start as amateurs and I know it is hard for some people to let go of the stiffness that holds them, it is only practice that will give you the confidence to embrace and improve your art. Put on some music, any style and start moving your pencil on the page, close your eyes as you do it, let your hand move freely and pour your feelings out of your body and through your pencil. Use colour, use different pressures, different movements, small, large, jagged, smooth – IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE! Learn to be comfortable with a pencil in your hand. Lose yourself in the moment, be mindful, be free. The first time you do it, you may feel a bit silly, but notice how different you feel afterwards. I am confident you will want to do it again, maybe to some different music, compare the two. The great thing is that this can be done in the comfort of your own home, a private art class.

Picasso said you have to be working for ideas to come to you, you won’t get anywhere staring at a blank page and I wholeheartedly agree. He was one of the most prolific artists ever and because of that, he achieved so much, he developed his art on a huge scale and influenced the art world dramatically to what we see it as today. We can never achieve his successes but we can enjoy trying! You’ve got nothing to lose but so much to gain.

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