The Freeing Power of “So What?”

When we moved to Vancouver, I didn’t unpack my painting supplies. They stayed in their box, tucked away on the highest shelf for 6 or 7 years. If anyone asked, I said our new home lacked a good artist’s space.

Eventually, creativity won and I began playing with art again — first, digital art — and later making drawings on scrap paper.

I did a lot of ballpoint pen drawings like these sunflowers.

Sunflower City by Susan Wright-Boucher 2016

You already know that my paints finally left their dark box to see the light of day but you don’t know why. It was only when I realized the real reason I wasn’t painting is because I was telling myself I was a bad painter.

Actually, it was true. I was pretty bad at it. Everything I touched ended up either covered in garish green or a horrid pinky-beige. The day I said “So what?” is the day I really began to play. And once I started playing, I started getting better at it.

“So what?” is my chosen mantra for this year — my reminder that challenging tightly-held beliefs can open new doors.

If there’s a “So what?” moment waiting for you, I hope you find it.

PS – Vincent van Gogh knew the torment of self-limiting beliefs. He wrote:

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


2 Replies to “The Freeing Power of “So What?””

  1. You are talented
    A natural artist. If” so what”
    does it for you , keep repeating it.
    I happen to know you are a perfectionist in all you do, so no worry.
    Let yourself sit back and enjoy.
    The colors are wonderful.

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