When we are kiddos a refrigerator box is quickly turned into a castle or a pirate ship off to explore a new world. Our creative juices flow freely. As we get older it’s easy to let life get in the way of being creative. Pinning crafts and home décor can trick us into feeling creative but we forget to actually take time to BE creative. I’ve been more intentional this year at incorporating creativity into my life on a regular basis. To slow down & savor the process, the mess and the fun.
My dear friend Amy launched her own art studio this past summer. As soon as I heard she was offering “Coffee and Canvas” classes I sent out an e-mail to my nearest & dearest and invited them for a evening of coffee and creativity.
We had a WONDERFUL time painting, laughing, drinking coffee and just enjoying each other’s company. Amy’s love for painting spilled over throughout the class, it was an absolute joy to see her flourish in her element. Amy encouraged us all to find our unique style and focus on enjoying the process and not just creating to perfect painting.
Throughout the class I noticed that we were quick to point out the imperfections in our own paintings. There were to many swirls, the colors were not perfect… However, the beautiful part was that when someone pointed out an imperfection another (or SEVERAL) was quick to encourage, love on and speak words of truth to the artist. We saw each painting as beautiful-flaws and all.
I think that is why we are created to live in community. Being present in community allows people to step up and speak the truth that your flaws are beautiful.
Being surrounded by people who are different and have unique set of talents can quickly become a comparison trap. We can choose to compare ourselves or allow God’s grace to turn our flaws into something beautiful.
I’m so grateful for the evening I spent at Bloom Print Studios; it sparked my creativity and refreshed my heart. I can’t wait to have another adventure learning about creativity (and community)!