Things are changing slowly. I have started painting regularly. Not daily but yes once a week. I am happy as I am no longer that person who used to just think about painting. I have however realized that as I have no deadlines I tend to get lazy . Currently I have three to four half done paintings on my easel. Now this is a chronic problem. I happen to leave each and every project half way and then that guilt keeps on building.
I have always wanted to work on my this flaw and out of the blue a project idea popped up in my mind which involved others which meant that I was liable to finish the project due to external pressure. I had though of a weekend painting workshop for kids and yes this thought had surprised me too .
When I get surprised by my ideas I revisit the book ” Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert and some of her magical quotes :
- Ideas of every kind are constantly galloping toward us, constantly passing through us, constantly trying to get our attention.
- Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy.
- Don’t abandon your creativity the moment things stop being easy or rewarding — because that’s the moment when interesting things beings.
- It might have been done before, but it hasn’t been done by you!
- Your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here.
…. and I can go on and on and on .
My Saturday and Sunday mornings,when my energy is at peak, were always getting wasted on non productive work like doing laundry or cleaning my wardrobe. To increase my productivity I do my laundry daily and I do the cleaning whenever I get time and even after such time management I used to end up doing the same on weekends. So engaging myself into something productive was necessary.
The Art workshop for kids (Workshop on Saturday and Sunday for a month) sounded simple at first , so simple that I floated the idea on my apartment’s whatsapp group immediately ( I was afraid that if I waited I might change my mind) and within no time I had 11 kids ready for the workshop. Now I had no looking back. And then began my restless days and sleepless nights planning for the class.
I used to get up early morning and wake my husband and ask him what if the kids find my classes boring. What if the kids find out that I suck at watercolors. What if the kids find out that i am afraid of White colour .. what if ….and soon my husband (confident about me) stopped responding.
Believe me, for this workshop I had to do load of homework. I studied about the color wheel and all the theory about tints, tones and value which I had never bothered to think about. I learnt so much while preparing for the workshop.
I had enrolled 11 kids in my class and the real challenge was that they were of age group varying from 6 to 16. I had to think a lot how to teach the same concept to varying age groups.
The start seemed impossible but then when we started it was a fun journey and the results were successful at the end of each class.
On the last day of our workshop we worked on canvas painting. I remember that I had first used a canvas when I was 18 years old and I had no one to tell me what paint goes well with the canvas. Then I remember buying oil paints and happily mixed it with water and applying it on the canvas to get a disastrous result. Internet was not at our fingertips in those days. Dozens and Dozens of canvases which got wasted by me acted as the stepping stones to help me reach where I am today. Not that I am in some recognized position in the field of art but yes I am happy with my work these days.
Introducing these kids to canvas at an age of 6 made me very happy.
The final work on canvas 🙂
Things I learnt from the class:
- Every one is talented.
- Less is more ( specially the number of colors in the palette)
- Don’t get disheartened with your work and allow it to be completed. You will be surprised at the end.
- Patience, with both kids and colours.
- For kids art work outlining is a must.
- Spilling water again and again is a talent kids have, so always keep a mop handy.
There are many other little lessons that I have learnt and I am sure all this will help me somewhere or the other when I paint in future.
…. and guess what , I completed the Project !!!!!!