I can remember an art lesson at primary school where we had to copy a model of a boat, and I was so nervous of making a wrong brush stroke, that I kept getting up to study the model very closely before I would touch the paper with paint.
The teacher eventually took my brush and covered the page in large strokes, and told me to fill in the details from there. He did me a big favour, because he got me over my fear of even trying to paint, and he helped me see that we all have our different ways to express ourselves.
I was then lucky to go to a different school from my brother, and the art teacher was wonderfully patient and encouraging, so that I felt free to enjoy myself without being constantly compared unfavourably. When I left school, I was as proud at gaining my art certification as I was for the more academic subjects.
I believe art, of any description, is a healthy release that everyone needs. Forget what you were told by your parents, or by your teachers. Don't worry about the end result - just have a go! Break out of the box you were placed into as a child, and choose something you would really love to try.
There are lots of evening classes to sample different methods, or if you want to express yourself privately - I recommend you have a go at following the example from the video - how much fun is he having?!
There is something so liberating about expressing yourself freely - and not caring what anyone else thinks. It's an excellent way to release stress, and forget absolutely everything else - just focusing on what is in front of you at that moment. There is nobody telling you what to do - you just go along with your feelings, and allow your creativity to escape.
You have to conform, and stick to rules in everyday life - so ignoring all the rules (in a way that won't get you arrested!) is an extremely healthy way to let go of everything that builds up inside you. Revert to feeling like a child again - and get messy!
I found that I love taking photographs, and then editing them in Photoshop, (that little girl still wants to be in control of every stroke / pixel!), and time loses all meaning, which is a sign of finding your passion.
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I have a lovely memory of my mum coming home from an evening class with an extremely ugly pot - I was so proud of her for having a go, and not caring about the critical reception it would receive. We need more ugly pots in the world - go out and make yours today.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." ~ Pablo Picasso
"Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul." ~ William Somerset Maugham