So, I recently had a few days free from work and decided to try my hand at something I hadn’t taken up in years: painting!
Back when I was a student, I had an easel, a bunch of random paints, a few old brushes, and several canvases that I had picked up at a garage sale. Every now and then, in those student days, I would pick up my paint set and let inspiration take its course.
I always found that those painting sessions were very therapeutic and almost meditative. I would often find that the activity of painting became automatic and my thoughts would seamlessly float to issues that I was trying to resolve in my life. At the end of those painting sessions I would often feel like I had worked through a lot of my issues.
Anyway, flashing forward years to the present time, I decided to take a stab at it again. I set up my old easel, dusted off the canvases and paint bottles, cleaned up my old brushes, and got to work. Wouldn’t you know it, but it was just as soothing, relaxing, and meditative as I remembered. In fact, it probably had even more of a relaxing effect on me given that I hadn’t done it for years.
I painted mostly images of landscapes, such as farms and forests. I must admit that they weren’t particularly good, which is the key reason why I’m going to pass on posting pictures of them on this blog! Ha ha…
I’m thinking that I might go to the library and take out some books on painting so that I can improve my technique. It might also be fun to join a painting class, where I can meet some like-minded people. Also, perhaps not a bad idea to check out some more art galleries – perhaps my experiences with painting will help me better appreciate some of the lovely artists that are displayed in the galleries!
How about everyone else out there in internet land? Do any of you enjoy painting? I would love to hear about your experiences!