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You Don’t Need To Be An Artist

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Do I need to be a??? 

The question I get all of the time when it comes to joining me for a class or a playful painting experience or a moment of creative exploration. You don’t need to be an artist. You just need to be willing.

 

I have always wanted to but I’m not…

The comment I get all the time when it comes to people chatting with me about their desire related to creative making, playing with clay, claiming a blank canvas as their own. You don’t need to be artistic. You just need to be willing to make some marks or move some color around.

 

I am interested, I just don’t know how… 

The conversation that ensues when presented the opportunity to draw or doodle, paint or print; resisting the occassion to get a little color on their hands. You don’t need to know how. You just need to be willing to be open to the experience and learn while doing.

 

The questions and comments above have been a regular part of my conversations with folks for years as I have taught, and lived, and excitedly dived in to try one thing then another. The comments kill me every time. Usually uttered with such finality it seems there is little to no possibility to change the situation.

 

I’m here to say if you have a creative urge, even the slightest spark of curiosity, that’s great. You don’t need to be an artist. You don’t need to be artistic. You don’t need to know how. You just need to be open to moving forward and changing any or all of the above circumstances.

 

Doodle on the back of an envelope. Play with your food. Splash paint on a page.

Watch some videos. Read an art book. Explore hands on the creative process.

Create your own little space for making. Take a class. Consider a retreat.

 

If you have always want to but aren’t artistic, I’m here to say that doesn’t matter.  If You’re interested in trying something but just don’t know how, give it a try and learn while doing. If you want to take a class or buy those paints or start a sketching practice go ahead, You don’t need to be an artist (but if you ask me and you’re interested and acting on that you already are).


*Story Circles Class begins June 21st, a three week, 9 video e-course perfect if "you've always wanted to but weren't artistic and just didn't know how" to step in to creative expression. It's perfect if you're a seasoned artist as well, we dive deep in to creative expression, self connection and visual storytelling.