We've all heard the saying,
I am feeling the magnitude of that expression and it feels "just right".
Last night was my first group Create Art with Abandon class. Six wonderful women gathered around my kitchen table to allow me the honor of guiding them to create art without concern for the outcome (abandon). I'm sitting here at my computer trying to come up with the proper words to express how I am feeling yet the words are just out of my grasp. It came to me that I am too concerned about the outcome of my story telling so I am going to practice what we learned last night, I am going to write this post with abandon. Straight from my heart.
I was all set with the preparation of the class and ready to go, just waiting for my doorbell to ring. I sat on the couch in a moment of silence to express to the Universe/God how grateful I was for this opportunity. The more I expressed my gratitude the more I began to feel the depth of what I was grateful for. In those moments I came to realize how much creating art with abandon mirrors our lives. We all begin with a blank canvas. Each layer of paint could represent each experience in our life. We may not like the color we just added or what happens when we glaze over a painting because it changed the look of our art, just like in life. We may have bad things happen in life that changes what was before. In painting, as in life, we can choose not to like what we have and call it quits OR we can take what we have and make it into something we do like. Sure it may take a couple more tries to get things to the point of acceptance. When we choose to try something else it can make all the difference in the world. We are painters, painting our life.
We began the class with each person writing on their canvas "there are no mistakes in art". At first they were hesitant but with a little coaxing and assurance that it wasn't going to affect their art we moved on. You know what? There are NO mistakes in life, either. As we added layer after layer I started noticing a little bewilderment of what the outcome would be and together we would chant "there are no mistakes in art". As the class went on, I must have said the word awesome, it seemed like, a thousand times. I could see each piece taking form, coming to life, and that really excited me! When all the layers were dry and it was time for marking the piece of art by adding the final touches, excitement was mounting as they saw their piece being transformed right before their eyes. My heart was filling with pure joy watching this unfold. Ah, hell... I'd even say I was as giddy as a kid in a candy store. There was something special in every piece that seemed to "make the art". Hands down...everyone left with an awesome (there's that word, again) piece of art.
This class marks the official beginning of my Create Art with Abandon classes. What a relaxing and fun way to gather with friends or family. If you are fairly local and want to invite your friends to your house, I have the paints and supplies and I will travel. My house is readily available, too.
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