I have recently become obsessed with painting. A woman I am honored to call my friend leads an "Art as Entertainment" course every couple of weeks. I have attended three in two months. I now own dozens of acrylic paints, brushes and several small canvases. I already told you I am obsessed! The freedom of creating something that is not being judged, that is all and only what I want it to be, that I get to dub as a beautiful work of art just because I say it is...priceless. This has become for me (as I have recently learned the definition of) a catharsis.
CATHARSIS: The purging and release of emotional tensions, especially through the arts and music.
No, I did not come up with this word or epiphany on my own. Lol, I'm deep, but I will not take credit for this one. From a photographer that I am equally obsessed with, I have come to learn of this phenomenon (Candice Zugich - The Blissful Maven, she is amazing!). And it is epic what happens when you allow such an event to take up residence in your heart, mind and soul! Have I said it enough, OBSESSED!?
While exploring this cathartic process, my friend repeats something at every painting event I have attended. I can not tell you exactly whom it is that she is quoting (I could google it but ain't nobody got time for that!), but the impact of the quote resonates with me the entire time I paint. Only recently has it expressed itself in my photography...
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which mistakes to keep."