I used to draw a lot in middle school, high school and later in in my 20’s. However, I just stopped one day and hadn’t picked up a pencil or sketch pad in 20+ years. Having never really “painted” (I was a sketcher), I wasn’t sure what to expect. What happened next was nothing short of amazing! In my first class, I created 2 paintings and they turned out way beyond anything I ever expected.
I posted pictures of them on social media and had a lot of great responses as well as a few comments about buying them or that people would gladly hang them on their walls (!). I felt like I channeled some famous artist or something…there was an incredible energy that I tapped into. In fact, I’d have to say that the whole experience was actually far more than just some run-of-the-mill painting class. There are tons of those out there.
I’d describe Tracy’s class as more of a spiritual experience that involves painting. She does something I’ve never heard of before. She uses special meditative and focusing techniques at the beginning and throughout the class to help you release stress, tension and distractions to get into a creative “flow” where that creative part of us can emerge and manifest a piece of artwork. At the beginning and periodically as we go along, she’ll present different mediums, tools and materials and talks about different ways to use them and shows examples of techniques for each. What I really liked was that she doesn’t try to direct or force you towards any particular expression or interfere with your own vision; she just provides encouragement and a gentle presentation of options or guidance if you ask for it. At no time did I feel pressured or rushed or irritated. The experience was actually very relaxing and energizing, and I felt really good about myself afterwards.
Every time I look at my paintings, I feel a connection to part of me that I feared was a lost and forgotten for far too long to ever come back. I then realize that that part of me is alive and ready to be a joyful part of my life again at any time. It gives me confidence and has spawned some other creative rebirths in other areas of life that I am passionate about. For example, I was inspired to express my life-long passion for high-fidelity music reproduction in the mobile environment by competing in my first-ever IASCA (International Auto Sound Competition Association) SQC -Sound Quality Competition event. I am excited to have made these workshops a part of my lifestyle now. I very highly recommend them to anyone who feels like they want some help to flex their dormant or never used creativity muscles or anyone that feels like they might have might have a budding Picasso inside them just dying to get out!