Good Enough


Today we’re going to talk about creativity for the sake of creativity—

creativity just for oneself—

without the requirements of a perfect result—

because I want to tell you about one of my favorite painting experiences—

even though it is clear I have no talent in this area of the arts!

There is a space in our kitchen where our old landline was installed. Remember landlines? We had two ugly outlets that stood exposed, and they were the first things you would see when you walked into our kitchen. For years this space would glare at me, and I couldn’t figure out how to cover it.

I needed something that could be mounted over the outlets that would also blend in with the rest of the kitchen. I shopped different home stores, catalogs, and online. For years (YEARS! I am a terrible shopper…) I searched, but I could not find the right solution.

Then one day, I had a vision of a simple picture with flowers. Something soothing….

I went to the craft store and picked up canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint.

In retrospect, I should’ve watched some kind of flower painting demo beforehand, but I was just freestyling.

I put on a good movie and painted the afternoon away. I layered putty, peach, white, and gray with mother of pearl. It was pure play—and pure joy! There’s something calming about focusing on the simple task of brush strokes.

You can see why I named this post “Good Enough” because the results are (ahem) nothing spectacular. However, the two paintings cover the spot and brighten up our kitchen. At night, the mother of pearl paint shimmers in the light…just right. Good enough for me.

On a side note, there was another canvas I painted that day. I used a combination of silver and yellow paints to create a modern vision I had in my head. It was fun painting it, but the end result was not as pleasing…hideous really. After staring at it for a week, I tossed it in the garbage. And that is okay too.


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