This summer has been pretty creative. I have been giving myself the space to paint, more importantly, I make sure I have canvas and supplies to get started - and that makes all the difference.
For my birthday this year, I had some close friends over and invited them to paint with me. I provided supplies and created a gallery wall. It was very liberating to see each person young and adult, get into the mode of play when seated in front of a blank canvas.
I decided to recreate this in a new environment so I invited friends to paint with me in the park this weekend. The group was at varying levels of familiarity with the act of painting. I provided all the tools and we proceeded to sit and enjoy the beautiful summer day.
I had a wonderful time. It appeared to me that no one was stressed about how well they were doing. Instead, we just flowed into a stay of play. This is, for me, the most important thing for an activity like this. Sometimes, I just need to be forced to sit still and painting does that for me. No checking my phone, worrying about what is going on with the rest of the world. I am so grateful I was able to spend this type of time with these people. Each person is colorful and expressive in very unique ways.