This week I had the privilege of teaching an art class in my neighborhood, along with my daughters. Cap’n has really fallen in love with Zentangle designs, and has gotten Snugglepuppy into it as well. She sells her own cards through a company callled LoMaNa (founded by another awesome unschooling mama we know) as well as sells her cards on her own at any events she can.
At the beginning of the class, we asked the audience who all were artists. Given that this was a class of parents and their children, we observed literally every parent keep their hand down while they watched their children’s hands shoot up, or even coaxed their child to raise their hand while they kept their hand down.
What has happened? When do you switch and decide you can no longer sing, dance, or create art? I am 100% certain we are all artists. We all have the ability to create.
True art comes from authenticity. It comes from letting go of expectations, and allowing whatever you feel inside to flow. You can start by simply doodling little things (get inspiration from Zentangle designs to get started) and then…let it flow. Look at the art in galleries – you know those pieces splattered with paint that a two -year-old could have painted? Why are they in there? What constitutes art?
It’s the story, the rawness of someone’s heart on paper, or canvas, or created as a sculpture. It’s any time you allow the good in you to flow outward. And when it impacts someone else, that’s where the connection begins and the true art resonates beyond your own heart into the lives of others.
Go ahead. Get started and let your art shine. There are no rules – just be open to create – and let it resonate within your soul. You may create beautiful art that impacts more than your own heart.
You are an artist – get going. I’d be honored if you shared your art with me!