Finding something you love and sticking with it isn’t the easiest thing to do.
I thought I liked to write. I had a journal and everything, but now it’s just sitting on my dresser untouched. Don’t try to force yourself to like something just so you’ll have a hobby. It should come naturally.
I recently went through a rough patch in my life, lost some friends and gained some new ones. My friend, Hannah Campbell, let me stay at her house one night when I was upset and said that painting helps her take her mind off things.
So I tried it, and it surprisingly helped out a ton. I was able to focus on what I was painting instead of what was upsetting me. I’ll admit, I’m not the best painter, but Hannah said it takes time. She also said its best to paint when you are upset, because that’s when your emotions take over your canvas.
The other night, me and my mom went to Hobby Lobby, and she bought me watercolor paints, paint brushes, and a watercolor book to paint in. I sat outside and started to think about what I wanted to make. I had no idea because I had never painted before, but then it hit me. I just started to paint a bird. It somehow turned into a bird on an awkward black tree branch with a dark grey cloud above it.
Last night, I decided to paint again, but this time I wasn’t upset. I was happy. I began painting a few fish, then a squid, and then the ocean water above. It isn’t finished yet, but I plan to finish it soon. So far it has the background, a few jellyfish, a mermaid, an anemone, seaweed, etc.
I just adore the way the paint mixes with the water and makes a sort of marble pattern before they blend together. I never imagined myself to be a painter, but now I love it.
Watercolor painting is my new hobby.