Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?
Happy Little Clouds
One of these days I’m going to get the paints out again, if they’re not all dried up by now. I haven’t played with paints for years. I say “played with” because I haven’t taken any painting classes and I’m not confident enough to say I’m autodidactic. I don’t know what I’m doing. I just play and see what happens.
My favorite little painting was a snowman on a windy day. He wore a worried expression as his top hat tumbled away and his scarf stood straight out in the wind. It was cute, but quite by accident. I’d made a boo-boo; a line of paint where I hadn’t intended a line to be. I had to cover my mistake, so the line became a hat, flying off in the wind and that gave me the idea to make his scarf fly too. I was proud of that piece. I gave it to my daughter who loves snowmen and who once said that the wind makes her angry.
There was a lesson for me in that painting. Don’t give up when you make a mistake. Work with it or work around it and you might be surprised at how well things turn out. Plan B might actually be better than plan A.
Maybe I’ll get the paints out again soon. Maybe I’ll paint some happy little clouds and some happy little trees.
It’s my world. I’m the creator. There is freedom on the canvas. Relax, let it flow, believe that you can do it.