Time to Begin

Luckily, I already had all of the supplies that I needed for my project in my own personal collection. I gathered my paints, paper, brushes, and palettes. I was so excited to finally break out my new supplies and start this project.

All of my supplies.

Once I got all of my supplies out and ready, I was faced with a blank canvas staring back at me and realized I had no idea where to start. I felt a little nervous anticipating where this project was going to go.

The blank canvas.

I decided that for my first session of this painting project I should just go for it. No preparing, no planning, no end goal in mind. I simply pulled a few colours from my box that I thought might look good together and decided to just begin.

My paints.
My first choices.

I decided that a good way to time myself was to listen to a record. I decided that I was going to paint for one side of the record, and when that side was finished, if I wanted to continue painting then I would listen to the other side as well.

My record of choice.

I put on one of my favourite mellow records from Mayday Parade – and so I began. I simply just painted. I played around with the paints to get comfortable with the textures and colours. I tried to keep in mind that I was doing this solely for the enjoyment of doing it and for no other purpose. I tried to give myself the freedom to just paint without worrying about what it looked like. I tried different brushes and amounts of paint and water. I found that the paints dried really quickly so I did not have a lot of time to think. I kind of liked this idea of not having time to think about what I was doing, and thus, I was able to just be entirely engrossed in the art. I discovered something that I will definitely take with me moving forward. That is, stop while you are ahead. I went through a rollercoaster of “wow this looks great” to “what have I done” over and over. For this first session I was just playing around so I didn’t mind. My end product was not something to be desired, but that was the whole point. I was able to get comfortable painting for the joy of painting.

The product.

As session one came to an end, I noticed that the palette that I simply used to hold the paints, was an artwork all in itself. I loved the look of the used palette. I also tried to wash the paint off of it and found that it was not budging. I decided to embrace it and just continuing putting paints on top as I go to see what I can create over the course of this project.

As for my final thoughts, or rather reflection on the impact that this experience had on my holistic wellbeing. Doing this got me up out of bed, off of technology, and allowed me to escape into my own world for a little bit. I was able to listen to music and create – through this I felt fully engrossed in the arts. While painting I was able to forget about everything else going on in my life and only think about what was right in front of me – that is, my art supplies. After, I felt a sense of peace and calmness moving forward into my evening. I felt successful and I was looking forward to the next time that I would paint.

Overall, my first experience painting was very enjoyable. I am looking forward to seeing what else I can create throughout this process.

The aftermath.

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