Art? I’m in!

I had been thinking about trying watercolour painting for a while before I ordered the two Matthew Palmer books just three weeks ago, but I was nervous that my “art” would resemble that of the typical four year old.  This time last year I was amazing myself with running and writing poetry, and now I’m amazing myself with art.  But more than that, as with running and poetry, I’m enjoying the process.

I’m enjoying reading about art, learning the techniques, practicing.

I’m enjoying the peace and stillness of being in the moment, of thinking only of what I’m drawing or painting.

As with running and writing, art gives me a sense of achievement and increases my confidence.

Old me (before cancer) would have been too self-critical, too judgemental, too embarrassed, too scared to share my poetry or art with the world.  Old me would have been too timid to join running club, or to submit my poetry to publishers.  Old me would have felt she didn’t fit in and would have worried about what people thought of me, and my amatuer efforts at running, writing, painting.  Old me would not have joined an art class or become a member of an art society.

Old me never knew what she was missing out on.

I’ve had a tough week, not the worst ever, but difficult enough to make me question the future.  A week that derailed my plans for the year and left me without direction.

But despite the difficulties, I leave this week with hope and the beginnings of a new plan.

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

6 thoughts on “Art? I’m in!

  1. I’m sorry it’s been such a tough week and times that challenge your thoughts of the future and throw a huge spanner in the works are really difficult, so I love that you’re still holding on to the positive attitude. Making the most of the process with art, as you did with poetry and running, is, I think, the best way to view it otherwise there’s too much pressure for the end result and you miss the learning and steps that get you there along the way. Sending gentle hugs, I hope you’ve taken some time to comfort yourself and relax this weekend, Karen xx

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    1. Thanks Caz, maybe I was being a little melodramatic but when I slip out from my happy place I am inclined to exaggerate! It’s all focused around my health and running, but where there’s life there’s hope! 😀 ❤

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