Try Something New: Pick Up a Paintbrush

Try Something New - Pick Up a Paintbrush
Ready to try something new this weekend? It may sound obvious, but why not just pick up a paintbrush and have some fun with paint?

Here's a little back story on this one: above is a photo of two in-progress paintings I've been working on for over a year. Yes, you read that right - OVER A YEAR. I started them in January 2012, and they've been leaning against a wall staring at me for 13 months. I don't paint a lot, so it's a little intimidating. And as usual, the perfectionist in me was afraid to try and fail. I've been trying to decide how to move forward with these for a year.

This week at work, I've had the privilege of working with a very talented decorative artist on a couple of sets I've designed for photo shoots. I was chatting with her the other day while she was working and marveled at how brave she was just to go for it - to apply paint to the wall without hesitation or fear, without being totally confident of the outcome. Do you know what her response was?

"It's just paint. I can always paint over it."

This statement, which I'm sure is rather obvious to most, was quite groundbreaking and liberating to me. So I grabbed my brushes and those two canvases. And I started painting. And I didn't love it. So I painted over it. And I'll keep going until they're done. 

Hello, my name is Lesley and I'm humbly trying something new. Join me every weekend and try something new too, won't you? 

Happy Friday!

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