Rita, Art, and YOU!
Many people have never had the opportunity to activate that creative self. For others, it’s been a very long time since they’ve been in touch with their inner artists. Perhaps a sibling, or classmate, or maybe even a teacher or parent, gave you negative feedback on something you’d drawn, or colored, or painted when you were very young. And suddenly you decided to shut down an entire side of your being. You may have said – perhaps subconsciously – something like, “I’m never going to paint, or draw, or color again.” And so you closed off a very important part of yourself.
Some others may have been very artistic and creative when you were younger – but then you “found out” that you couldn’t make a living at it. And so you stopped creating. You let life, work, and concerns get in your way. You stopped finding time for something that gave you so much joy.
YOUR ARTISTIC/CREATIVE SELF NEEDS TO BE BOTH NURTURED AND SET FREE. WHEN YOU ACCESS YOUR INNER ARTIST, IT PROVIDES YOU WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE AND DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW. IT CAN BE VERY THERAPEUTIC, RELIEVING STRESS IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE, RELEASING OLD TRAUMAS AND BAGGAGE THAT YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW YOU WERE STILL CARRYING AROUND – OR THAT YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WERE STILL AFFECTING YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE AND DECISION-MAKING.
It has always been my desire to encourage the people around me to follow their creative instincts, and nourish their artistic sides in one way or another. If not painting, then sculpting, if not drawing, then beadwork, if not glass blowing, then woodwork or singing or playing an instrument, and so on. And it’s okay if your paintings (or other artworks) aren’t museum/concert-ready right out of the gate. The point is to find something you’d like to do and do it. Your artistic muscles might be a little bit weak at first – but just like any other muscles – they’ll get stronger with use and training!