When I asked local Creativity Coach Patty Kline Capaldo what led her to painting this past year, she told me that words had suddenly failed her. A dear writer friend and inspired artist in her own right, Patty transitioned from writing to painting during the pandemic. The shared isolation, stress, and fear carried into 2020 had many effects on many people.
“I just, I don’t know, I couldn’t find words to write,” Patty tells me.
Ever the learner, Patty discovered when one creative outlet tapers, other avenues become available.
“I have a calm energy when I paint,” she tells me. “I find myself gawking at trees, and I just want to paint them so badly.”
So she does.
“It is a refuge because I couldn’t find that state with writing. I had lost that.”
The peace in nature is so wonderfully reflected when recaptured in a painting. What’s even more peaceful, perhaps, is the peace that comes from trying something new. The lense of a beginner requires less criticism and fewer edits. Being a beginner means anything flies. It means having fun and shushing the voice in our heads.
“Being a beginner is fun,” Patty reminds me.
Willing to try something new?
Willing to become a beginner at something?
For Patty, it doesn’t stop there. She will participate in a Fundraising Event at Creative Light Factory this Saturday, November 20th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. She’ll sell her paintings alongside fellow artists. She’s putting herself out there, showcasing her art, and welcoming all the new experiences to follow.
When I leave Patty’s workspace, I feel a surge of peace. I’m happy for her. She’s brimming with positive energy, and we both know good things are ahead.
What has brought you peace this week? Share the peace!