After quitting my job as a school teacher, staying at home began taking its toll on my mind. While sharing my woes with mother one day, she suggested I take up drawing, which I had given up long ago.
I liked the idea but grumbled that I would need the “right kinda mood” for it. Mother being the practical one, who minces no words, commanded that I pack up all my crazy moods and dump them in the trash bin.
And, me being a momma’s girl, I did just that and picked up my pencils.
Initially, it was just scribbling and doodling, but then one fine day, as I wondered what to draw, my eyes fell on my pet Chikoo, who was sitting beside me, staring into nothingness. I decided to sketch him.
Of course, he would never have posed for me for as long as it would take me to sketch. So, with the help of his photo, I made a pencil sketch. My very first dog sketch, which I felt, came out almost perfect!
I was ecstatic!
And, thus began the artful journey of this eccentric artist! Being a crazy dog lover, I sketched almost every dog breed I could find, with black and white pictures from Google. There are also other animal sketches in my drawing book, but I will always be partial towards my dog sketches. Those I love the most!
Some years ago, mother encouraged dad, too, to start drawing – what better way to keep the mind occupied? she argued.
So, dad took up drawing and created some really beautiful artwork. I did a post on his art journey some time back and received an encouraging response to it.
The reason I am doing this post is to encourage people to take up art – in any form – especially if you think you are not a “born artist”. For each one of us has an artist hidden within. All we need to do is give him/her a nudge, and some encouragement.
You never know what you are capable of unless you try!
So, if you think you don’t have it in you to draw even a straight line, then I suggest you go ahead and draw that line!
Begin with something simple, like a glass placed on your table, or even a flower.
Look at it closely and draw it.
it will not come out perfect, I promise you. But, at least you will have made an attempt.
Your kids’ storybooks will have many cute pictures to draw. Copy those in your books. Draw an easy picture every day, and at the end of the week/month, you will definitely notice a difference.
Most importantly, you will notice how your mind will be focused on the activity. The hundred ugly thoughts that cause you distress will vanish as you work on your picture.
Visit this link to learn simple exercises for beginners.
Any art form helps us achieve mindfulness – a state of being present in the moment, being fully aware of it, which, in turn, helps relieve us of our stress. Our everyday battles with Life leave us exhausted, our peace of mind ruined. If we are to survive in spite of it all, we need to find ways to restore our peace of mind.
And, what better way to do that if not through art? Any kind of art.
So, go ahead and give it a try.
And, do share with me your experience, I am waiting to hear from you!
My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.
You will find all of my A to Z posts here.