All one needs to be a part of the creative world is a desire to create and then find a teacher who will take you step by step through the process. The truth is it doesn’t happen immediately, it’s a process of walking over stepping stones to open your creative side. The process of creating doesn’t happen over night. It takes thought and practice and also not allowing yourself to be discouraged because something just isn’t coming out the way you envisioned it in your head.
I like to start a new person out on a step by step scenery because they are the easiest to paint and correct mistakes. A complete mess, with a few additional strokes, can become something beautiful.
In each class you will progress from one stepping stone in your learning process to another. When you reach the other shore, you will start creating your own scenes and as you face new difficulties, the instructor will be there to overcome each challenge as you progress. Soon you will learn to let go of your fears and frustrations and put them on the canvas where you can see them more plainly and deal with them in a new way.
Joining the world of creative expression is not an easy step. You are on one shoreline, safe and comfortable, and there is that series of stepping stones in the water of creative expression and it swirls around each stone. You must take that first step of faith saying to yourself, I can do this and each step becomes easier.
Learning to paint is learning to see in depth. You will notice more, you will retain more. You will learn to appreciate more. It can open you up to a world you really haven’t noticed before and you missed a lot of its not so obvious beauty. When I paint, I see more, I feel more, I understand more. I look at and into things. When I take them through my eyes and into my mind, I experience them more.
I do not have to go on some extended search for God. He is right there in front of me, somewhere, but everywhere. He lets the sun shine and also the rain on the good as well as the not so good. The rich and the poor have the same free blessings and these free blessings are the very things most of us miss. They go unnoticed until one of them is taken away then we really notice that that gift is no longer there to be savored and enjoyed.
While we are what we are, we need to take account of all our blessings, use them and give thanks continuously for them. This is our life and we should and need to make the most of it.
Join in on a creative, fulfilling life and your blessings will be more than you could ever have imagined.
Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.