One of the most healing times in my life was when I lived in Northampton in my twenties and felt free and encouraged to try lots of kinds of art I hadn’t thought I was good enough to do before. I experimented with dance, singing, theater, piano, visual art, performance poetry, film and a lot of other things that I would say I’m not naturally all that “good” at.
In my early life, I grew up in a competitive New York City culture where I didn’t feel encouraged to try new types of art, especially ones I wasn’t already good at (even though my parents encouraged me, the rest of my world seemed so cut throat and competitive).
It’s so strange that we put way too much emphasis on being “good” at things rather than just doing them!
Realistic visual art was never my forte, or interest, so I was surprised that I decided to try this still life painting of some flowers a couple weeks ago at an art meetup in Portland. Usually, if I do visual art at all it will be collage or abstract mish mosh.
Creative Tip: Spend an hour everyday doing some form of art, and once in awhile try new things.