Making art is available to anyone! The only vehicle you need is your imagination and a bit of daring. I’ve said it before and it bears repeating, we are all artists. We are all writers with a story (or more) to tell. We are all poets because we each have a voice. We each have an imagination. We can engage fantasy worlds if we allow it. And, there is value in this.
I had a special friend, now gone, with whom I could engage a sort of time travel–imagining places we’d never been, people we hadn’t met, odd creatures, other times, alternate realities, outer space, the vast universes. We had enlivened conversations. We wrote poetry together. He always rhymed–it got annoying at times. I asked him if he could try not rhyming. I don’t think that he could.
It is true that writing, poetry and making art, whether it be painting or crafting or knitting or sculpting…these provide the means and opportunity to access deeper ways of being and seeing. When we take the time. When we make the time. We give ourselves excuses that we aren’t an artist or poet or writer. I beg to differ. It is perhaps that we don’t dare ourselves to explore these aspects of ourselves. Some of us have more time on our hands these days, forced as it is. One young man has decided to systematically learn to read and write Japanese during this pandemic! What challenge could you give yourself? Something that you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had the time to explore.
And it is an exploration. And it is an adventure. It involves discovery of the inner landscape. The one where we don’t dare go…might we not return? There truly are universes within. We are a reflection of the macrocosm, our little inner microcosmic world that we often overlook because we’re outward oriented. Which is good–actually a balance between both is better. These days, with the virus dictating our movement in the world, what an opportune time to take this journey.
Who is in there after all is said and done? Who wants to be seen and heard, primarily by yourself? Do you give yourself this time and space? Are you going to make it happen? Get a journal, write, draw, splash color, cut and paste. Express what’s been untapped on the blank page or canvas. It’s a good thing. You might discover–yourself. Begin.