Just a reminder – if you are joining our book club you have a couple weeks left to finish the book. We can’t wait to start the online discussion and see how it goes!

Being creative is a big part of my life outside of teaching. I love scrapbooking, card making, and creating decorations for my home. I’ve always described myself as creative but not artistic. By this I meant that I feel very confident with crafts and creating but not as much with more typical art forms like drawing and painting.

A sample of my handmade cards…

By taking this view of myself as “Creative not Artistic” I have often heard myself say things like:

“I can’t draw.”

“I can’t paint.”

“I can’t do art.”

And I’m starting to realize that the reason I don’t feel like I can do those things is because I haven’t been working at it. When I think about the creative skills that I have, like the ability to create something from a vision that I have in my head…

My embroidered stockings, Valentines wreath, hand-sewn throw pillows, and Valentines heart banner… All ideas from my head that turned out exactly how I was hoping they would.

I know that these skills will translate to art. So why have I been so reluctant to try to be artistic? Probably a fear of not being good enough. Probably that nagging desire to be “perfect” at the things I do. Maybe it’s even some leftover feelings from my art classes in school when I wasn’t able to create exactly what I want to create. But fear is not a good reason to not do something that I would probably enjoy. So, this year I joined an art club and it has given me the opportunity to try different types of art that I had never let myself try before.

By taking the step towards practicing these skills I find myself more inclined to say things like:

“I can draw.”

“I can paint.”

“I can do art.”

My pastel drawn amaryllis from art club

Now I’m not making masterpieces that everyone wants in their home or anything. And most of my art is not displayed (except I guess when I leave it lying on the kitchen table for a week). But I am feeling more confident, more artistic, and more creative! One of my goals this year is to create a piece of artwork that I want to display in my home. I don’t know if it will be a drawing or a painting or what but I know that I can do it!

And what better time to focus on creating then on spring break? Who knows what I will be making next… Stay tuned!