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The Reason I Play with Paint

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At a recent family gathering, I was asked what was the purpose of making art. My answer, “Because it is fun.” And that was enough of a reason for me. You can guess that it wasn’t enough for him so I asked him why he played golf. His answer, “Because he enjoyed it.”

At that moment, a light bulb went on for him. He didn’t understand why color and paint was such fun for me but he could respect that it being fun was a valid reason for why I did it.

And fun was what I had as I smeared color all around an oversized piece of wonky paper. It was my happy place filled with the excitement and mystery of seeing what would happen as I added layers. When I had the impulse to add a star, I did that. When I had the impulse to scribble write, I did that. When I had the impulse to add hot pink, I did that.

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Just as golf helps him relax and recharge, painting does that for me. Especially finger painting. The fact that it brings me happiness is more than enough reason for me to paint.

Whatever the reason is that you create, it is a valid reason because every reason is a valid reason.

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  • Sherry Canino January 7, 2017, 6:13 pm

    You said that perfectly. And love your colorful wonky paper it makes me smile ?❤

  • Cath January 7, 2017, 7:35 pm

    I love the sport vs art challenge that always seems to meet me too….interestingly I haven’t sparked any lightbulb moments in people though….sporty people always tell me how good it is for teamwork, discipline, health….they don’t see any of that in art…… Might just refer them to your blog next time ?

    Love the Scibbly bits!

  • Corrine January 8, 2017, 1:32 pm

    We enjoy what we enjoy what we enjoy! Glitter anyone? xox

  • Pamela January 13, 2017, 6:04 pm

    Love watching you create your art! It is inspiring! I have a visual journals that I work on every day . It helps me relax, it’s great therapy and it’s fun !!!