Happiness by Design: Give Your Soul a Hot Water Bottle

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

–  Thomas Merton

One of the joys of being a complete beginner is; no one expects you to be any good. There’s no pressure. Now I’m not exactly a complete beginner with art, I did do it for A-Level, but that was years ago, and I’ve had plenty of time since then to get rusty.

Now I paint for a couple of hours two or three times a month, and I tend to come up with some pretty random shit. It’s not skillful, but the fact still remains that it brings me a little bit of joy just to sit, not think too much and make art. 

I try not to judge it or be critical, I try not to have an end goal in mind of what I want the painting to look like. I just put brush to paper and see what happens, enjoying the process rather than focusing too much on the end result. It’s liberating not having to worry about being graded.

So here’s what I came up with this week. Birds, flowers, a few orange swirls and I wouldn’t even know how to describe the last one. It’s..abstract. (Thank God for the word abstract, it covers a lot of ground, if I can’t quite describe a painting I’ll just go with “oh well see it’s “abstract art”..). 

So my message is this:

No one care’s if you’re shite. Go be creative in any way, shape or form, be a beginner, try something a little different, or something you haven’t done in a while. It’s like giving your soul a hot-water-bottle and sprinkling magic fairy dust on your worries for a while.


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