Last June my life took on a new adventure when I was reassigned at work to be a part of the community arts programs at KACL. These programs now include Art Partners, Rise to the Rhythm, In the Key of Community and coming soon Community Gardening. I attended an Art Partner session as a participant a couple of years ago - so I have explored doing art a bit. But actually outside of crafting with the kids - I haven't really tried my hand at art since I was in the eighth grade.
Going to work every day being immersed in an atmosphere of art has built in me a desire to try my hand at painting. I have dabbled a bit with acrylic paint on group painting - mostly abstract stuff. A while ago I bought some paint and canvases for the kids. They all love art. So when I went to buy the last set of canvases I bought one for myself. After watching the Art Partner consultants prep canvases, paint, etc. I had an idea. So for the first time in my life I was going to attempt to paint a landscape acrylic on canvas.
As I picked up the canvas I thought of the guy on PBS that I used to watch in amazement. He made it look so easy. ... i wondered how i would do. I decided I would let go! Adopting the Art Partner philosophy I let go of judgement and let go of expectation and just went for it. It was freeing, relaxing.... it was one of those activities that I constantly seek. The ones that require you to be present, that require your whole thought, your whole mind ... that you loose yourself in. Like a meditation. It was so much fun!!
So even though the result to me is irrelevant, here it is.