Painting with Rita is no longer offering paint and sip events (acrylic painting parties at restaurants around the Sacramento area, as well as private events). The Painting with Rita website will remain active with photos and videos of Rita’s latest paintings and other art projects. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or if you should be interested in purchasing any of Rita’s art.
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 – 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 you stopped creating. You let life, and 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.
Rita has always encouraged the people around her to follow their creative instincts, and nourish their artistic creative sides in one way or another. If not painting, then sculpting, or drawing, or beadwork, or glass blowing, or woodwork . . . And it’s okay if your paintings (or other art work) aren’t museum-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!