if you can walk…

If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.* If you can hold a brush, you can apply paint to the sheet.

What an interesting saying.

I’ve always believed that it’s addressing the unspoken ‘well’ usually accompanying people’s guarded responses to creative pursuits; i.e. I can’t dance …well. I can’t sing …on key. I can’t paint …beautifully.

It is a very constraining mindset.

Really, what does it matter if a person can’t dance well: why should that stop them? And aside from their own joy and physical activity, isn’t it fun for others to watch/laugh at?

Even though some people might cringe when they hear the voice of someone who does not sing ‘well‘, the process -and results- of painting can be far less invasive on others.

If you give yourself the chance to paint, then you can paint.

Reckless Painting gives non-painters and artists a chance to apply inexpensive paint to inexpensive paper without anxiety of ‘getting it right’. The intent is to paint and enjoy the creative process – not anticipate where-in-your-home you will hang the finished product.

When we quieten the editor, we slow the thinking process. …and then anyone can paint.

It has happened many times before. It will happen again.


*Zimbabwean saying

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we paint on each other’s work

People aren’t all that sure what they can expect at a Reckless Painting class – and actually, that’s not a bad thing.

Although a lot of what goes on is designed to distract the mind from ‘general predictability’, one thing participants can be relatively sure of is that they’ll be hanging very few of their paintings on the wall back home

…and not because their paintings won’t be beautiful – but more often than not each piece completed during a session will have been created by more than one person.

In other words, we paint on each other’s work.

After all, it is the process that is more important than the result in Reckless Painting. And each person’s growing ability to recognize their (often latent) creativity, adaptivity and responsiveness.

Inviting people to ‘share a canvas’ is very often a helpful step in that direction.

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