Kate sent me an email at the beginning of last week and asked if I wanted to have a "Fun Friday" doing crafts. Of course, I was up for it. I asked her what she wanted to do, expecting that we would make cards or Christmas ornaments or something like that. Well, we settled on painting.
I have never hung out with Kate to do anything except eat at really great restaurants so I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought she might want to create a home decor type painting like one would find at TJ Maxx. She totally surprised me!
I pulled out some boards to work on and set up the supplies.
I got out some books I thought might have good inspiration.
And here's where things took a turn for me. Somehow Kate is not afraid of art. Let that sink in for a minute. She is NOT AFRAID OF ART!
Eric and I have been doing this our whole lives and we are still afraid of it. We are afraid of blank canvases because it's scary to get started. We are afraid of partway done canvases because we might mess up the parts that are working. We are afraid of finished canvases because we worry our art isn't good enough. In fact, for Eric and I, art is a lot about overcoming our own insecurities and fears. Kate's Fun Friday was my Fear Friday!
But for Kate, art is about joy. I have to admit I was entirely jealous of her! After she left I told Eric it wasn't fair that she could just attack her project with no fear. He said he was thinking the same thing.
Kate's painting is almost finished. She is coming for "Fun Friday" this week to finish it up by adding some more texture with some paint thickening mediums.
Eric's painting is finished, but he did have a headstart having drawn it out in Illustrator for a different design project first.
My painting isn't even halfway done yet and yep, I'm still scared of this canvas!