“Artist are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.”- Al Hirschfeld (Brainyquotes)
I would never be delusional enough to think that I am Picasso or Dali (then again, on second thought, maybe a delusion is in order considering how disordered our world can be at any given time in history).
I have a huge box of crayons, watercolor pencils, calligraphy pens, stacks of coloring books, canvases, water colors, paint brushes, and sketch pads.
When I am not crafting the next greatest novel of the 21st Century (I am beginning to enjoy this delusion thing) I knock myself out like a kindergartener with crayons, sketchpads, canvases, et cetera, to quite simply create joy in my life. I love colors, bright colors. I love to turn up my music and just immerse myself in art, in the creation of beauty.
It is healing to switch off the distortion and fear mongering that is the day to day loop on the news stations. It is healing to just remind myself that I can control my environment by creating beauty, by sitting in the sunshine in my garden and just simply be. Art, music, and writing are the three soul-healing activities that nourish me.
The next time you feel yourself feeling down, grab a box of colorful pencils or a paint brush and become a kindergartener again. Don’t worry about whether you’ve colored within the lines.
Just enjoy the absolute freedom of art, of writing, of music.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Jenny W. Andrews copyright 2022