What Can Art Teach Us About Patience?
The painters lesson in trust and acceptance, new group coaching programme and finally some images from the studio.
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The Painter’s Patience
The painter employs wet-on-wet painting, allowing the paint its freedom. Permitting it to flow and express itself without restraint, accepting the rightness of the outcome.
The painter invests their faith in the paint that flows from the tube, believing it will match the label's promise. They extend this belief to their brush, having faith it won't shed its bristles mid-stroke.
The painter understands it may be necessary to wait for the paint to fully dry before advancing. Accepting that the paint’s tones will shift with time. By waiting, the foreground unveils the perfect treatment for its background companion.
This is the enchanting dance between the painter and the painting, who move together without expectation. And this relationship embodies the essence of trust, acceptance, and, above all, the timeless art of patience.
Let’s take a trip to Creativity Island
Unlike my real world, where I have literally felt mad with impatience at times, on Creativity Island, patience comes naturally. There's a deep-seated trust that things will fall into place in due time.
You can suggest, pursue, and even take action but countless variables are at play. Striving or growing frustrated won't impact the outcome. Instead, they’ll only add to your stress - that heartless killer of Creativity.
On Creativity Island, the artist understands outcomes reveal themselves through the creative process. An inkling of potential emerges in the early stages, but mostly it remains elusive.
We set the stage with materials like paper, canvas, pencils, and paint.
We create the ideal environment, perhaps playing our favourite tunes in the background, warm cuppa to hand, and then we begin.
We translate ideas from our minds into our hands and build from there, step by step, stroke by stroke, sometimes dot by dot.
Artists on Creativity Island understand that imposing excessive pressure leads to stress and stifles the artwork. If we try too forcefully, the artwork becomes contrived. It runs the risks of being overworked or, worst-case scenario, our ideas depart altogether—like an overbearing lover pushing away their muse.
Focusing too intently on the end result burdens the piece, which thrives on trust.
Trust in the art. Accept that it knows its own destination.
Because patience, my friend, is the love child born of trust and acceptance.
Be more like an artist. Be patient. Stay creative.
🖊️ From the Studio
I’ve promised myself this season, that I’ll start sharing more of my fineliner drawing, straight from the studio and drawing board. Without making it look perfect first, just a quick snapshot to show you my own drawing practice. I’ll keep you updated as they make progress!
💫 And Finally…Inspiration to Draw On
🎵 Album to Move Your Pencil To
🧑🎨 Accountability & Group Coaching Now Available
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💬 A Quote to Live By
“The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how you use them.”