At the beginning of 2013, I vowed to stop putting off things that I’ve always wanted to do. Along with many other goals, learning to paint and draw were high on my list. Ever since I could remember, I looked with envy upon those who were artistic. My youngest daughter has drawn since she was knee high to a grasshopper and I longed to do the same. Yet, because of an incident that happened when I was a child, I’d convinced myself that I was not creative; thus, I couldn’t possibly draw or paint.
Unlike many past New Year’s resolutions that ultimately fall to the wayside, I began to seek out ways to be creative, and particularly, to draw and paint. It was not feasible for me to take actual in-person classes, so I went online. To my surprise, I discovered scores of artists who taught painting, mixed media and drawing through online e-courses. Frankly, I was skeptical of the idea of an e-course that might effectively teach these skills. I finally realized that my hesitation had less to do with skepticism and more to do with fear, and I threw caution to the wind and registered for my first painting course. From the beginning, I was hooked.
I am happy to say that I’ve taken three courses this year and am already registered for 2 year long courses in 2014. The above painting is from my most recent course with the amazing artist Flora Bowley. The course was a life changer and cemented my love for painting and the whole painting process. Although the course has ended, I have six months to wade through the course materials and lessons, and the painting continues.
In addition, now, I can say with confidence that I can draw. I stumbled upon Jane Davenport’s “Draw Happy” class and within a week, let go of the foolish notion that “I can’t draw.” It took about a week of mistakes and wearing down an eraser, but with Jane’s detailed and clear instructions, I drew/painted/collaged this beauty:
I love her! Granted, I am still trying to draw one to rival her, but I have no doubts that it will happen. I know that with practice and hard work, I can draw. Currently, I am registered in three of Jane’s e-courses, and I just added another drawing e-course, Fabulous Faces, to my line up. The course is taught by the artist Tamara Laporte.
Usually, by this time of the year, I find myself ruminating upon all of the things that I intended to do in the past year, but didn’t. It is true that I fell short of many of my 2013 to-do’s, but I’ve decided that instead of dwelling on the negatives, I will focus my attention on my accomplishments. I mean, I finally let go of my inner fears and negative self-talk and proved to myself that I can do whatever I chose, be it painting or drawing. I’ve come to understand that there are no limits on what I can achieve, except those that I place on myself. Learning the art of photography and becoming fluent in Spanish are next on my wish list, and I look forward to 2014 with excitement instead of trepidation. By this time next year, I intend to say with confidence, “Yo hablo español.”
So proud of you! That is awesome to let go of fear and just go for your heart’s desire. You are most definitely an artist! And you have inspired me!
Dear Virginia, You are much too kind, but I am grateful if my post leads you to do something, in spite of the fear. Isn’t it a great feeling when we listen to our heart and answer its’ call? Thank you for reading and contributing to my blog. I really appreciate you. Blessings, Lydia
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I absolutely love your website.. Very nice colors & theme.
Did you create this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my own
website and would like to learn where you got this from or just what the theme is called.
Where were you a month ago? 🙂 first, the theme is “my life,” and I upgraded to the custom design package which allows you to chane fonts, colors and other things. Definitely invest in the $30 to do that. Believe me, I am no techie. By trial and error, I managed to add some of the details to my blog that I wanted but I really had no idea what I was doing. I was very unhappy with it and had no motivation to blog. After much contemplation, I decided to find a web designer to create a blog that I loved. As we speak, I found a web designer to create something that I loved. You should be able to see the difference in less than a week. In any event, if you really like the blog as is, I am sure that you can create a blog that you are happy with. If I can help, fell free to contact me with any questions. Blessings, lydia