Hello and welcome to my on-line place of creativity and communication.
I love to paint with words, play with colour, promote positivity and encourage potential.
They say life is for living. For some of us, to live is to create. To create is to flourish. And to ignore our creativity is perilous.
I know. I’ve learned that the hard way. From experience. Half-a-century (plus) of experience.
That experience has also taught me that every time I squash my creative urges in the name of doubt, or priorities, or practicalities (gotta love that one), I’m merely grinding an old ax –
an old ax shaped by early life impressions, (perfection = acceptance; mediocrity = not good enough; don’t waste time on frivolity; focus on the things you do well.)
an old ax constructed from the raw materials of discouragement, (like the art teacher’s allocated A for effort but C for ability; a B is not perfection; so what if it’s fun; subject dropped.)
an old ax sharpened by sparks of disillusionment, (when the record’s caught in a groove repeating ‘can’t draw a straight line to bless yourself’; oh right, that’s old technology. Now a computer can draw a straight line for you – if you can figure out how.)
an old ax weighted and balanced for practicality and function (let’s face it, wood won’t chop itself, shop for groceries, pay the bills, load itself into the oven and prepare the dinner for cooking; artists and writers need a real job.)
an old ax wielded to decapitate possibility the moment it dares lift its head (‘What? Me become an English teacher? You’re kidding right? Sure, English was my favourite subject – but my lowest mark! Nope, God needs secretaries too!)
But guess what? I have finally retired my old ax. Permanently.
Perhaps I could have, or should have, done it years ago. But you know what they say … BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!
No longer will I allow my creative inclinations to languish upon the chopping block of practicality. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve spent a lifetime being practical; worked to pay bills, raised, home-schooled and released a family (I first ‘flourished’ through creative motherhood), explored creativity though music and drama, became a mature-age student, graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and now, as a tutor, I get to encourage young people to develop their academic and creative writing skills .
I also figured out how to download a drawing App onto my iPad so that, at long last, I can HAVE FUN with ART as well. So what if my artistic efforts aren’t perfect? Or practical? I have chosen to grant them a place on my new list of priorities. Why? Because, like the other creative things I do, my artistic doodles keep me flourishing. I might even risk posting a few of them here – so you can have a giggle and share in the fun.
So please, explore and enjoy.