Thursday, February 5, 2015

On Being Brave.

What do you think it takes to be brave?
Determination, knowledge, strength or maybe being fearless?

Sometimes it takes asking, 
showing up, 
a willingness to learn
 and the ability to ignore the negatives.

It takes listening to a little dream that kept whispering, "Gather. Just open the door and see what happens."

Three amazing women came through my door today.

A young mother and her daughter, a friend and myself.
What would I teach?

I had some loose ideas that began with color and stencils.
So we brought out the sprays and began our journey.

We sailed bravely into new waters of stencils and ink.

We hauled out the mod podge and dropped anchor there for a bit.

We learned that an 11 yr. old can teach much more than we imagined and is naturally brave because she isn't 20 and full of fear and comparing.

We talked about releasing and needing space to do so.
About not thinking of our pages but just putting color down and trying.

We took half an hour and braved our handwriting and made it beautiful.

We had so much fun, we didn't even stop to eat or get coffee.
For Real.
We taped up a color wheel and learned a little bit about complimentary colors and choosing two or three and sticking to it. Which is brave because one wonders if one has chosen the right colors.
We went nuts and used whatever the heck colors we wanted. Which is also brave, because what if you don't like how it turns out?

We didn't care and we didn't mind.
Because today?
We were brave.

Linking to Paint Party Friday


  1. So proud of you. A dream made real. Determination and openness....you are like the 11 year old girl.
    Free spirit and mind, listening to your heart and following your dream!

  2. What a wonderful day you had! And you "illustrated" it so beautifully with your colorful photos.

  3. Beautiful post, Lynn. It looks like you all had a wonderful time being creative together. Yeah for stepping out and following a dream!

  4. Ah I LOVE this post!!!! Beautiful story and lovely art. Makes me think of that book, "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway"! Happy PPF!

  5. Lovely post, beautiful artwork and blessed community! Communal creating is such a beautiful Medicine!

  6. Using fingers always makes everything ART better. Love the friendship of the post. . . and the teaching/learning. Sometimes we don't know the fear until it stops us in our tracks. . . and definitely have to have a watch out for 'comparing.' Good one. Blessings, Janet PPF

  7. great post! We all need to be reminded to be brave

  8. Brilliant post full of fun, and color, and fearlessness-love it!!

  9. Yes, I think a nice composition with aerosols, really great, excellent photos!

  10. So fun - and I love how you all gather and create something wonderful :)

  11. Lynn ~ it looks like you all had a wonderful, fun, creative day! I can imagine that you're the best teacher :)

  12. Gorgeous!! Wonderful results!

    Hugs Giggles

  13. Oh I wish I had been there.
    It's true about 11 year olds, they don't know it's supposed to be difficult so they just do it and produce amazing art.

  14. What Beautiful Art you brave girls made.. I LOVE this post..


  15. Beautiful art, beautiful thoughts, beautifully brave.

  16. love this! Brave and Art shouldn't have to be two words that go together, but the are most always side by side. Kids get it, make art, create what's in your head and heart. Sometimes sharing what I do us the bravest act of the day.
    I love your feathers and menopause post, I left a comment, but don't know that it showed up,so I'm letting you know that I am googling orange essential oil, and looking for feathers to distract me from the next hot flash that has me standing on the porch in our freezing temps! t.xoxo