Yesterday I wrote about offering assistance to those who feel like they want to paint but have trouble doing so. I see these panels as a BOOST, a segway to help people tap into their creative side. Over the years, I’ve gotten a myriad of reactions when I offer up a statement like that:
REACTION #1: “Ho, Ho, Ho! That’s all very nice but I don’t consider myself creative AT ALL. I mean it. I can’t even draw a stick figure.”(I’m starting to see this reaction in younger and younger people, btw)
RESPONSE #1: “I believe that everyone is creative in their own way. It also sounds like somewhere along the line, a person of authority told you that you weren’t creative. And you did what any good, obedient kid would do—you listened and obeyed. And by doing so, you buried a valid part of yourself.
REACTION #2: With a wistful, longing look, “I used to paint when I was young. I think I was even pretty good.” Quick Shift: “But that was so long ago that I don’t think I could do it anymore.”
RESPONSE #2: “Creativity is a muscle that benefits from practice. The good news is it has muscle memory as well. You can bring back the creative flow with some persistence. I like the DIY panels because the composition has been laid out for you. Sometimes choosing the subject matter is the hardest place to start.”
REACTION #3: I wish I had paid better attention in art class. Now that I’m retired, I wish I could paint.”
RESPONSE #3: “I’m sincere when I say that it’s never too late to learn. Making art is a goal you can achieve at any age. These DIY panels are a friendly way to start. Sometimes it can be intimidating to stare at a blank canvas. THATARTGIRL also serves as your Creative Coach, helping you with educational videos on a You Tube Channel of the same name.