It’s late at night while writing this. Too late at night, and I’m trying something new.
I’ve only ever experimented with watercolors a few times. Nothing major. Just playing, really. I used to not really like watercolors, thinking they were the “poor man’s” oils. And boy, how wrong I was.
See, I didn’t like watercolor because, well, there’s a lack of control. Painting always gave me some gratification in a way that I did have some control over what I was creating. I was, in fact, the hand holding the brush. The truth was, I wasn’t mature enough (and probably still am not, but hey, that’s the entire point of trying, right?) for watercolors and the unabashed freedom they offer.
I’ve been creating art my entire life. I’ve never had a formal training in art, however, and feel as though I shall forever struggle with my craft. Well, this is where simple trial-and-error comes into play. So, I’m trying something. But to get where I aim, I will struggle.
It baffles me at how this day and age we must become experts overnight. In order to “make it” anywhere, be liked, followed, become what is now referred to as “#goals”…there is little room left for error. Isn’t the process just as beautiful as the end product? Or am I mistaken? Is growth ugly?
Growth is ugly and messy and not exactly pleasant. But it’s necessary.
So, here’s to growth. Here’s to sharing growth.
Growth is also stressful.
Even so, I feel compelled to share art. I MUST or else I’ll burst (for whatever reason). In those few and fine moments, a piece I’ve had the opportunity to create will resonate with someone, and that makes all of the trial-and-error and struggles worth it.
Let’s see where this will lead…