As of yesterday, I am once again a college student! It’s been quite a while since I took a formal class for anything, but I’m excited to share that I am going to be taking some art classes over the next few months. Yes, I’m already an artist of sorts – but I’m far from capable when it comes to so very many types of art!
For now it’s just one class, an introductory drawing class to help me work on linework and drawing from observation. As a creative-type, my mind is constantly bursting with images and ideas that I want to put into physical form. Often, drawing/sketching would be a great way to get started on a project, whether it’s putting together a visual for a craft, or starting an image for a painting or other media work. Unfortunately, my drawing skills are lamentable.
But that’s okay! Art doesn’t have to be wonderful every time, and it can take years to develop skills like drawing. I haven’t had the opportunity in the past to devote so much time to proper instruction, but now that I have the time, money, and drive, it’s time to start working on the next new skill.
Personal enrichment is a good enough reason to keep taking classes and learning new skills. One of my favorite songs declares “I want a life that’s a work in progress” and that’s me to a T. Complacency is not my game. I thrive on change and growth of knowledge and skills. There is always another thing to learn or project to improve. I see people who have reached a point in their life where they’ve decided they’re “done”, there’s nothing more to achieve, and they just sit back and coast. This doesn’t make sense to me when there’s an entire world out there full of amazing things.
Someone once said “the more time you spend inside of your comfort zone, the smaller it gets; the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the larger it gets.” From living my life so far, I can verify that this is 100% true! Get out there, try new things, push yourself a little at a time, and never be satisfied!
You’re going to miss out on SO MUCH if you decide to stop.