Embrace Individuality

Last week, I did a two-day drawing workshop.  In the evenings, I checked out the neighbourhood.  It’s one of my favourite things to do, looking at houses and gardens.  Some people aren’t afraid to express their individuality, actually they celebrate it.

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Some yards had very cool things in it, like this three storey treehouse, with three decks.  It is difficult to see the three storeys in my photo, but it has three decks, with each one looking like they are meeting current building regulations.

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… and this very cool way to store your firewood.

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We had nine participants doing the drawing workshop.  Each person is an amazing artist.  An impressive range of diverse art skills was represented, pastels, penwork Mandalas, woodwork, some imaginative whimsical art and some unbelievable realism.  Often, people that paint life-like portraits wish they could think of imaginative things to paint and lament their ‘lack of creativity’, which isn’t accurate, it’s there, it is just being presented in a less obvious way, and people who have no shortage of quirky ideas, wish they could paint realism, people who paint loose, wish they painted more detailed, people who paint detailed, wish they could paint looser and so on.  From my observation, people undervalue their individual style. There will always be people who may not like a particular style, but there will also be heaps who admire and wish they had somebody else’s style or talent.  My theory is to celebrate individual style and to not allow negative self-talk interfere with the joy of producing art.

We started the workshop by drawing upside pictures to help engage the right side of our brains.

We went outside to find a splotch to turn into an imaginative character.  To my eyes, the blob on the right of the centre looked like a pig with a broken snout.

I’m unsure about this style but it definitely has given me some ideas that I want to explore.

Here’s an unfinished blob from the footpath that I’m transforming into an imaginary creature.

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Thanks for visiting and for being ‘you’.

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