Coaching, Creativity, and Community
Last week I had the privilege of spending an evening with Velocity Café, an amazing group, they meet every Wednesday evening at our local coffee shop in Port Moody, called Gallagher’s. I got to lead them through some creative exercises, and teach how important whole brain thinking is and how painting and creativity is a great tool to use as a way of “working out” our brain, much like someone physically training for a marathon.
Dipping a brush into paint and applying colour to paper is all it takes to begin. I always encourage everyone and fully believe that there are no mistakes in art! Sitting in front of a blank piece of paper is intimidating and overwhelming for many, creating fear rather than joy and love, but if that fear takes you over, there will be no creation. What an incredible loss! Losing the creation itself, but more importantly, losing the valuable insights and lessons through the process of creating.
For myself, I know that creating and especially painting is what I use to relax, to get away from it all, my entire being gets involved, I am all consumed during that time, much like meditation for some. Through the years, I have had many people say they felt a healing happen inside their being while painting, and this evening was no different. So exciting! Exciting that such a simple process has such powerful results.
Choosing to step into fear and act, despite how you feel or what you are thinking, is the only real way to conquer your fears. Love is the opposite of fear and we are only wired for love, we learn to fear (Dr. Caroline Leaf, brain scientist). Think back to being a child, drawing and colouring or painting without a care in the world, most likely believing your artwork is amazing, showing it off shamelessly to your parents. So often that childlike ability to create fearlessly is taught or even ridiculed out of us. Being told to grow up, that art doesn’t pay, get a real job, you’re not good enough, you will never make it, this is enough to shut an artist down… so, so sad but such a reality for many. In today’s world though, the reality is that the world needs more creative people, people who have the ability to think outside the box, creative minds that have the ability to go where others can not even see.
During my coach training I learned that a person can learn and enjoy many sorts of art projects, like art journaling, but that same person will still be afraid of the blank canvas. There is something powerful about canvas painting and such a great tool to work through issues in life that can relate to painting on a canvas. Once you conquer the canvas and overcome that fear, you can do anything!
There are a few classes coming up to give canvas painting a try, check out the event page. Painting Made Easy class is this Monday evening, and the Painting Marathon is starting up again on July 8th. Or join me on my art journaling adventure, we meet once a month to create together.
Most importantly, get creative, whatever it takes, your life will be better with some creative energy flowing.