The Importance of Not Doing Anything Important

Fun painting flowers with the lovely Quinn this week, Who made a great bold red and black piece for her new dorm room at Georgia Tech!
Monke and Mommy, 10" x 10", mixed media on canvas, Available on my Etsy shop

Monke and Mommy, 10″ x 10″, mixed media on canvas, Available on my Etsy shop

One thing I notice in the art classes I teach is that it’s usually the person who says they have no creative ability that creates the most amazing work.

They have no expectations of themselves and are utterly relaxed, playing with the materials as their “true selves” flow, uninhibited.

This is such a great goal for all of us “artists” who so often feel we should be creating something worthwhile. (And if you don’t, tell us your secret!) Thus, the importance of painting things that don’t matter. Or are not “worthwhile”. With no expectations. I’m sure some of the greatest art was scribbled on a cocktail napkin, along with the greatest songs, and the greatest love notes.

Fun painting flowers with the lovely Quinn this week, Who made a great bold red and black piece for her new dorm room at Georgia Tech!

Fun painting flowers with the lovely Quinn this week, Who made a great, bold, red and black piece for her new dorm room at Georgia Tech!

 

This little aqua flower painting was a demonstration I did with my lovely third cousin, Quinn, visiting with mom Kathleen and sister Eliza. Quinn and I played with mixed media flower paintings, and I wish I had a photo of hers. It was so brave and truthful, with bold reds, and striking black and white paper faces, poking through the flowers.

I love teaching because it takes me away from bigger paintings, and allows me to enjoy watching others discover their own creativity.

To take one of my online art classes, visit my classes page here. OR contact me here for in-person workshops and private lessons.

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