Posted by: faultlessfinish | August 27, 2012

The Artist Within

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

I used to love drawing and doodling when I was young. And don’t even get me started on finger painting! Then I hit a certain age and realized I wasn’t “good.” So I stopped. Because music and writing are such huge parts of my life, people often ask if I’m into art as well. I’ve always told them I can appreciate it but I suck at it.

Last week, however, I felt an unexplainable urge to be creative through art. So I called a good friend of mine who is an amazing painter and asked if she would teach me a few things. She readily agreed.

Armed with coffee, fresh canvases, and new paint, we headed to a secluded spot off a mountain road and painted in front of a lake for hours. I came back to the city that night excited, inspired, and refreshed. I felt like a kid again.

I still won’t say that I have a knack for art, but I couldn’t have been happier with the results. I got to express my creativity, which often gets lost in the busyness of life, in an entirely new way.

Don’t ignore your gut. Whatever you feel inspired to do — write, play music, paint, try a new sport, open a business — go with it. You may not know all the skills, but you may just discover that inner child you’ve been ignoring for so long.

Song of the Week: “You and I” – Zeds Dead

Namaste 🙂



  1. Rachel, these are beautiful. Very nicely done. Do what you love.

  2. Wow, Rach! You’ve moved beyond that creative block that happens when, somewhere in your life, you become aware of the flaws in your work and decide that you have to measure up to everyone else’s expectations. Create from the heart and for yourself, and keep it up. I am inspired by this blog and your paintings.

    • I’m inspired by you on a regular basis 🙂

  3. …and I would be your first customer, hmmm, mabey a signed book in trade for a signed painting 🙂

  4. Expressing oneself through any art form is great therapy. I love your paintings. You’ve inspired me to try it too!

    • I totally agree, Gwen! It’s so easy to forget how powerful art can be in our lives. Thank you so much! Good luck with your painting 🙂

  5. These are great! I can definitely relate to giving up on things as I grew up because I thought I would ‘never be good enough’. I guess it’s just a matter of patience and believing that you can be enough eventually.

    • Thanks, Tarun! It’s amazing how much we let our own thoughts get in the way of enjoying life. I just started following your blog – you have some great insights!

  6. Lots of colour, I like!

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