How freeing it is to paint wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. We feel calmer, more connected, less anxious and more in awe of beauty everywhere. In my experience, art encounters anywhere anytime share the following four main characteristics: easy materials, boldness, reflection and practice.
1. Assemble easy materials- everything needed to connect and create has to be at hand. This means art materials are simple, portable and take up little room, they also pack up quickly. The post ‘what’s in the bag’ details my basic on-the-go kit.
2. Be bold– don’t be shy. Open to a comfortable place to work where you feel drawn by a plant, animal, pattern, shadow or movement. Don’t start until you feel some connection, then be bold. Don’t worry about others walking by and glancing over your shoulder, just smile and carry on. Better yet, be so absorbed in what you are painting that you don’t even notice!
3. Record and reflect- take time to write a few words about where you are and what you are attracted to each session, that way your art will re-ignite memories of special moments each time you look at it. If I don’t have those few words to jog my memory I still love the images I just lose track of where they are from.
4. Practice the art of connection over and over again. The difference between art making in general and art anywhere anytime is the activation of our creative nature in any given moment. We are practicing how to shift into creative connection with ourselves, others and the living world at the drop of a hat. Like meditation, this is a practice that strengthens our ability to quickly shift ourselves into art mind with more elegance and fluidity each time.
To learn to create art anywhere anytime- why not try one of the upcoming Creative by Nature Art foundations courses? Whether on Salt Spring Island or online, I promise that in 6 short weeks you will feel inspired and confident to start an art practice all your own.
The video below called Train Paint shows my latest encounter. A rainy day train trip from Geneva to Bern Switzerland sparked a fun spontaneous paint session with rain drops rolling across the window.