Coaching, Creativity, and Community
The painting marathon has been going well, this is mile 5, the fifth layer and already so much texture happening, I love it! Can’t imagine what mile 26 will look like. Intrigued? You can jump into a marathon at any time, register here: http://www.profcs.com/app/?Clk=5051524.
These past few weeks have been busy, despite being on holidays. I found out just how much work camping is when you go with a family that include kids. This is a new experience for me, I have always loved camping but I only ever had to worry about myself. Making sure to have enough food for myself, enough sunscreen and bug spray for myself, enough towels and utensils and, and, and,… it is an entirely different experience with three kids, even when two of them are teenagers. The truck and the boat were completely packed with our gear, nothing more could have fit if we tried.
Not much art work happened while away but I did learn many lessons that relate to art. My husband bought a boat just before this camping trip, so there was much to learn about boating. We certainly had our share of blips and blunders handling the boat. Then, the kids and I tried waterskiing, two out of the four of us got up on the skis, I wasn’t one of them :). When talking with other campers and boaters, the common responses were “don’t give up,” ” keep trying,” “it will happen when the hours are put into it.” Like learning anything and improving the skill, it just takes time and practice, repetition, until no thought is required.
Same goes for art and creativity. Many people think you are born with the artistic gene, or blessed with this natural talent, but the truth is we are all creative and have the ability to learn the skills of drawing and painting. The trouble is most of us give up the first couple of attempts. Yes, some are especially gifted and don’t require much effort and/or practice, but most of us have to put the time in, practicing and trying again and again. Much like training for a marathon, you cannot just hit the road running on race day, you have to work your way up to the race, training your body. Your hand’s muscle memory works the same way, it kicks in and remembers how to paint that flower again or draw that out line again, given ample training time.
Keep on training, don’t give up and have patience with yourself.