Make a Colorful Noise!

S.K. Watts 3.6.24

There comes a point in all of our lives where we need to return to that time in our childhood where we were free to express ourselves. Making art is a great way to experience your ‘past life’ in this life. Lol. And although there are still rules to making art traditionally, today art is freer than it has ever been. We can make personal art that makes us feel good. There are a whole lot of classes and programs out there now to explore our emotions, our desires, even our hopes and dreams. Art therapy has become a booming business now, and perhaps this comes at a time in our lives and generation where this is a very good thing. Most of us just want to create for the fun of creating. This is a very good place to begin.

We all need some sort of creative outlet whether we know it not, unless of course we are very good at working through our need to create in our minds alone. I do know a bunch of folks like that. They share their work when it works for them, and I love that about my friends. I, however, need to visually see, touch, and keep my creative endeavors where I can play with them (enhance, update, redo) when I feel the need. You don’t need an art degree to create art. You don’t need a bunch of supplies.

You’d be surprised at just how much to you can do with a tin of watercolors from the dollar store and a pad of watercolor paper. And art isn’t just about painting. It presents in a myriad of forms so there is always something everyone can relate to. And the most important thing of all is that it is fun! FUN is good thing and something we need to partake of whenever we are able. I think all of us Boomers share the experience of crayons and the smell of brand-new pencils just sharpened. This is a wonderful experience to reexperience at any age.  

I for one love color. The word color alone evokes memories of my first box of crayons, and I am immediately transported back to my childhood along with all the smells and sights and sounds. It’s a quick five minute or less journey I sometimes take for stress relief. I especially remember the smell of my sticks of luscious and fabulous color, and don’t mind the memory even though I have since found that this was evidence of their toxicity. I was a kid. Who cared then, right? I got a new box for each school year and was so excited when the Crayola revealed the 64-crayon box. And it even had a built-in sharpener! I was in heaven, and it was the first thing on my list I sent to Santa Claus that year. Some very famous artists have done works in crayon, and I will make one of those myself this year.

So… What is your art niche? Have you ever thought of embracing art to relax and unwind, to create something to feel good about? Coloring, even if it is with crayons is very soothing. Like watching fish swim in a tank which, and there have been studies done, lowers a person’s blood pressure. We all need some more calm and tranquility in our lives, right?

Sherry Challenge: Make yourself some play time. Visit the dollar store or your crafts store and grab some inexpensive things with which to create some art of your own. If you need a reason to do this, tell yourself you will be designing something for an upcoming holiday or event. Or to experiment with how you feel after you allow yourself to do something you might not have done since elementary school. We deserve the time we will grant ourselves and the walk down memory lane if you need another reason. I am enclosing some examples of quick and easy things you might consider at the end of this post.

There are and abundance of free art classes out there. They are a great way to get started. If you need the in-person critiques and the feel of school, many of the colleges and universities offer classes at reasonable prices to get you launched. I went back to school and completed a BA in art in my fifties. I wouldn’t recommend financing a degree at this point in time unless you have the cash to pay as you go, but the experience was well worth it.

If cost is an issue, begin with a box of new crayons or a tin of watercolors and a pad of mixed media or water color paper. You will be surprised how this will take you back to those carefree years and a time when you were free to do anything you want to do (except eat them) with your crayons.

May some art. Make a colorful noise. Find your visually creative time. Happy Trails!

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