It just happened too often for me not to take notice.
I would be chatting to someone about making art and I would hear over and over again 'I can't draw', ‘I’m not creative' 'I'm not good enough' 'I haven't made art since school' 'a teacher put me off art' 'I don’t have time for it' 'I don’t know where to start' and countless other negative, self criticising or concerns which meant they just didn't do any. And that's totally cool if you're okay with that but I know there's many out there who would love to make art.
Art shouldn't be scary, it shouldn't be stressful, it shouldn't be elitist and it shouldn't take up all of your time.
Now coming into the world of art and putting myself out there as an artist has taken confidence and just a little bit of balls! I've had minimal training as a painter (I did an art foundation but studied printed textile design and then went onto a hospitality training and managing role for over 10 years) but over the last 3 years since I made that commitment to myself that this is what I wanted to do I've gone back on a journey of discovering what in art brings me joy.
Whilst on my journey I happened upon the concept of mindful drawing and expressive drawing. It had me hooked and played to all the things I enjoyed about drawing. It celebrated loose styles, powerful and tender marks, involving the whole of you and also seeing the world through different eyes, the eyes of Japanese wisdom Wabi Sabi. In the summer of 2019 I held a workshop at a wellness event called Mindfulness through Expressive drawing. Set on a beautiful summers day in the country it was the perfect backdrop to let go and enjoy the process over perfection journey of making art. My students absorbed it and fully got involved with the class. I was at the same time launching to the wedding market my Your Guest Canvas event and as it was peak time to get involved with the wedding industry I put the workshops on hold until I presumed the spring of 2020. But when we couldn't meet in real life I didn't feel ready to take my ideas online and to be honest was feeling quite overwhelmed by what everyone else was doing. So I retreated into my own practice, making lots more art, learning lots more and connecting with other artists.
Why make a group?
When figuring out how I wanted to get this message across I soon decided I wanted to make this a group and a community of the joy of making art. So the support could continue on long after a course and relationships could be built. I wanted a safe space to share, encourage and challenge. Where you can chat as much as you want or just sit back and absorb. I have a whole host of short workshops pre-filmed for you to watch when you can and once your in, your in. you can stay for as long as you like. I don't claim to have all the answers straight away or have set this up as slick or as perfect as some but I am passionate about it, I will be 100% on hand to support and I'm always remembering new things so you can grow with me for as long as you like.
As an ultimate goal I want to challenge any pre-concieved ideas about what is good or bad art, it doesn't exist art is just art. You like what you like and you enjoy what you enjoy. Championing process over perfection I'd like to inspire you to try different techniques and learn a few skills that may grow your confidence. I want to empower you to seek your own expression and voice in your art and gift you the opportunity to find a time for art and realise that even 30 seconds is good enough.