This post is the start of a new weekly series.
Just recently I’ve felt the urge to start painting again. I always loved drawing and painting as a child, and studied art to GCSE level. After that though, in the whirlwind of A-levels, university and life that followed, I hardly ever picked up a paintbrush.
Since having children, I’ve found my creativity blossoming once again – be it through making things, painting or simply singing a silly song and not caring what it sounds like. Children are very liberating – they are so complimentary about everything I do, and I want them to be positive about trying new things too.
I’d given up painting and drawing partly because other things took it’s place, but also because of that niggling doubt that I wasn’t really very good at it. That feeling of ‘I’m not good at …’ is such a boring adult one, and one that I think children copy themselves far too early. School is to blame in many ways, with it’s tendency to pigeon-hole children.
Now I’m a bit older, it doesn’t really matter to me very much whether I’m any good at it. I’m never going to be world’s best painter, but that’s ok – I really enjoy it and it’s very satisfying. My new weekly challenge is to paint one, quick watercolour a week. Here’s my first – some pretty Stocks in a favourite vase.