Painting: have I found my new passion?

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The other day,  I had a taster day at a store that offers multitude great decor, home accessories, ultimate gift ideas and amazing hints for your home decorations. Getting that opportunity not only did I spend the day at the store finding out more about their assortments, job requirements, and people but  it also contributed to me collecting some smart, creative and inspiring ideas.

I recently moved into a new rental apartment.  I kinda had a very clear idea in my head how I wanted the apartment to look like, but I didn’t know how to go about it. I spent a lot of time doing research, reading blog posts, visiting furniture stores and watching videos on YouTube. To my surprise, Youtube has got thousand’s of unique, simple and inexpensive decorating ideas and sense of design and style that are helpful, for even decorating small spaces that can be quite challenging.

However,  the more I watched them, the more confused I became. At the end of the day, i was torn and couldn’t even make a final decision about what I really wanted.

Nonetheless, spending the day in that store opened a door for me to discover I had a passion for painting. I had drawn and painted since i was 3, I played around with watercolors and acrylics, but it didn’t really “tic” for me. In My school years, I was required to take painting as mandatory for the Art&Craft lessons, but it was not something I really enjoyed doing. For me, reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine. It’s both relaxing and challenging – and the great thing about it is that you can never truly finish. There is always another thrilling journal to discover and always another artist or writer to enjoy.

After a long day of me working with them and showing a lot of enthusiasm, they seemed to have been pleased with me and to show their gratitude, they asked me to pick something worth 12 Euro as a gift. I looked around but picked a lot more than my gift’s worth, meaning to pay for the extra items.

Later that evening, I started with a tutorial program on Youtube about methods and materials, from dry media to ink, watercolor and oil paint. I watched the first episode of Bob Ross’s show on Youtube and felt charmed by him, his soothing voice and gentle demeanor encouraged me to paint my very own, to try and bring out the art hid at the bottom of me just as he says during his introduction.

So, I started to paint along with Bob. The moment I indulged deep into my artwork my thoughts, emotions, and the universe changed around me, though trying to paint like him was tough, he inspired me to keep going and it didn’t matter if it wasn’t perfect. As for the quality of my efforts, let’s just say I nailed it. I managed to make something brilliant and even if my plan failed, I guess Sometimes even a mistake made while painting may lead to the creation of a new masterpiece.  I learned, I shouldn’t  necessarily care much about the protocols and regulations in art. I took the challenge up and proceeded through.

Believe me creating an admirable work of art is not that easy. Giving shape and colors to what is on my mind – it’s a challenge I  had to accomplish. I was going through a multitude of emotions. The excitement of seeing my vision translate with hands, the tension of a measured stroke, the anxiety of using a new color, the confidence of a repeated brushstroke, the strain of a fine brush work, the want to create a balance, the pace of emotions within and a lot more. But one thing it was fun

Honestly, I was surprised when the first person expressed pleasure and enjoyment on sighting one of my canvases. I showed it to my friends and family, and they were quite impressed. It was a great way to build my self-esteem. I’m happy being surrounded by my own paintings

So, try something new today, focus on one strategy, and get really good at it.

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