“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” —Claude Monet

Remember when you were little and believed you could draw anything? You didn’t know horses shouldn’t be purple and roses weren’t striped. You drew for the simple pleasure of making marks.

And then you grew up.

You swapped your creative naïveté for some semblance of adult sophistication.

We don’t have to mourn those playful days. If you’re ready, invite your inner child to grab a box of crayons and draw something impossible.

Cat in a Dress

More than just play, every swipe of charcoal, each brush stroke, will push your internal critic further into the background until finally it fades, powerless and impotent, into some forgotten corner of the mind.

Stop telling yourself you can’t “art” and just start doing it.

Van Gogh said it best:

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

Most of the work I post on this site is mixed media — acrylic paint, charcoal, collage, oil pastels — and there are a few ink drawings.

Thanks for looking. I hope something here inspires you to pick up a pencil or paintbrush.

Gather some simple art supplies and keep them close at hand. That way you won’t have to go digging for tools when you have a few moments to create.

 

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