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February 20, 2012

The Artist Within

In this post, Tavia describes a great way to unearth the artist within …

Tavia GavinskiLast weekend, I was lucky to spend some quality time with friends from high school. We did a girls weekend in the windy city. One of our planned activities was to go to an art studio where you paint a picture following the lead of an instructor. Because of my job as a graphic designer, everyone assumed that my painting was going to be great and theirs was going to be less then stellar. Little did they know, they were about to find the artists within themselves.

We arrived at the studio to find easels with blank canvases lining the tables, gigantic bottles of paint with the colors of the rainbow and an eager instructor ready to guide us through the painting process. We all sat down and took out our brushes, ready to paint our pop art poppy flowers. And then, something awesome happened. Each one of my friends created their own piece of artwork that could be proudly displayed in their homes. Colors were mixed, textures were created and flowers appeared on the canvas. Each painting was unique, showing off the myriad of personalities in the group.

After we were finished painting, it occurred to me that every one of us is an artist in our own way. We have thoughts on color choices and brush techniques. On a broader level, we have opinions on what we wear and how we decorate our homes. From this wonderful group of women, I was reminded that you don’t have to be trained in fine arts to express yourself, you just have to give yourself a chance to find that creative side within.