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Do Love, Love Do

I just wanted to write about a new ray of light in my life.

I have not drawn or painted since my teens.  Recently I started to go to art class on a Tuesday night.  Here I learn about the magic of working with watercolour. And I have ALOT to learn!

IMG_0636It is a civilised event, with adults sitting around in a studio.  The very cool resident artist floats between us.

There is always smooth tunes playing in the background and last week, there was tea with fresh scones served at half time.   A few months back,  the best orange cake I’ve ever tasted.  (Though I would still go to art class even without the food or music offerings).

Last week I spilt my water all over my work.  The week before, I cleaned my brush in a cup of tea without knowing and drank it.  Hopefully I wasn’t painting with the blue paints.  Apparently those ones are carcinogenic.

And aside from whether I can even draw and paint or not, the benefits of the process are so cathartic and therapeutic.  It’s helping me as much, if not more than sitting in the big blue velour chair that I rested in several times since this journey began.

Each week, there is now a couple of hours of getting lost in painting.  It is very meditative. Much has previously been written about the benefits of art therapy before. But now I totally get it.

What is even more awesome to me is that my six year old son who avoids painting and all things crafty, has been asking to see my work from every class.  Each week when I arrive home late, I place it on the mantle piece.  When he and Mr Three get out of bed in the morning they run out for breakfast and critique my work from the previous nights class which is hilarious to listen to.

“The Reunion Jack” by Mr Six

My eldest, has also been keenly watching me paint at the dining table and has started sitting with me and painting himself.  Last night he painted a Union Jack which he titled “The Reunion Jack”.

We sit together and through this creative process he talks to me with ease about the things he normally finds hard to talk about. And that in itself is an incredibly wonderful thing.

It is mind blowing to me that I could disconnect as an adult in such a huge way from the things I enjoyed as a youngster and find myself reconnecting with them through the trauma of the last two years.  Lesson learnt.  Do what you love, love what you do.

So just in case I haven’t made it clear to all my friends and family yet,  art class rocks! It really does!

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13 thoughts on “Do Love, Love Do

  1. Hey you, excellent budding artist you are eh! Mr 6 surely displays amazing skill also, excellent Reunion Jack lol. Tell him I’m flattered he chose his British roots when it came to flag choice xxxx

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  2. Loving reading this blog post Lisa. I think it’s a darn shame that as kids most of us get to stretch our imaginations and work our creative muscles all the time, and it just gets beaten out of us in the pursuit of a good job basically. I went back to art a few years ago after my daughter was born and found it so relaxing and meditative. I haven’t picked up a brush in a while, but your work definitely inspires me to do so. I just wonder how my axilla arm will go at the easel…it gets tired and sore easily! Perhaps I’ll try my left instead! Good luck pursuing your art further. Your work is absolutely beautiful, and you’ve only just begun….
    Kate x

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  3. Your Art is beautiful Lisey, Art is healing in so many ways. We (humans) were meant to create, it’s when we are at our most happiest. I took up Art 3 years ago and at 50, it is the best thing I have ever done, I think I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. Keep creating, you do it well. Oh and please, try not to drink the paint lol

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  4. I really enjoyed this blog post Lisa. You can feel the happiness and joy painting is bringing to your life, and to your family’s lives as well. I love how your son is happy to talk away whilst painting. My girls are both very creative beings, and we find ourselves immersed in an array of craft activities most weekends. The current project is a Mickey Mouse Felt Puppet! Our art teacher at school has reached out to the school community with an illustration challenge. A new theme each week, every week of the term – A4 piece of work which can be any type of art. I was thrilled when both girls entered last week, and was even more pleased to see all of the art work on display at school today. Do what you love, love what you do! Perfectly written. And your artwork – well just purely amazing. xxx


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