"I'm an introvert... I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky." ~Audrey Hepburn
Audrey, I couldn't have said it better.
When I was younger I wasn't really interested in flowers. Sure I thought they were pretty. But I didn't see past the "pretty" and actually feel the beauty. I now absorb the beauty so strongly that my soul aches!
I studied art in college for 6 years. I was lost! I just didn't get what all the hoopla was about. (So why was I studying art? I was told as a child that I could draw, so I kept it up for lack of a better goal) I was four weeks away from my very last art class and I still hadn't figured out what all the excitement was about. I was standing in the bookstore at the University of Utah and I noticed a book on Vincent van Gogh. I knew who he was and had looked at his paintings many times. But I hadn't really felt anything. That day as I held the book in my hands and turned each page I was overtaken by my emotions. Vincent's brush strokes brought tears to my eyes! I had to control my reaction since I was in public, but I knew in that moment I finally understood! I got it! I could feel art, and I ached from the joy. That day was almost 25 years ago. I can remember it vividly.
Not everyone can be a Vincent, a Monet, but that shouldn't hold anyone back from creating art. Get out those pens and pencils. Mix oil paints and acrylics. Make something that brings you happiness and peace. Hang the art on your walls. Personalize your home. All it takes is making that first mark on the paper. Have fun!
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