Hi I’m Jane Beinart – the creative drive behind Be In Art
I thought I would share with you my own creative journey in the hope that it will inspire you to get creative and make space for art in your life again too!
I did all arts subjects at school – I loved them, it was all I wanted to do, and I did them anyway despite my history teacher telling me I would get nowhere in life if I did. I then did an Art Foundation course, which was probably the best year of my life – getting to make art all day.
But – I didn’t get onto the Textile Art course I was so convinced was the right course for me, and I sort of lost track and lost my confidence and ended up doing an Art History degree instead. Studying other people’s art is not as satisfying it turned out.
Over the next 10 years or so I didn’t really do much art. I did the odd evening course in things like jewellery and pottery, but not much drawing and painting and it wasn’t really part of my life, but I really really missed it. I knew I was missing something – and new I wasn’t fully myself without art, but I didn’t know how to get back into it. My art materials from my foundation course just sat in my cupboard getting dusty.
About 8 years ago my therapist encouraged me to have a go at art again, and I tentatively picked up my paint brushes and paint, bought some big pads of paper and an easel and got started. I’m not going to lie to you – it was HARD! I had to fight a very negative inner critic and really didn’t produce anything beautiful for quite some time. It took a long time to build a regular creative habit, to build my confidence, to show anyone else my art.
BUT – despite the pain – it was sooooo worth it to be where I am now with my art
I make art now because it feels good when I do – because it makes me feel fully myself and gives me a deep sense of fulfillment. I also feel calmer, less stressed and much more able to cope with what life chooses to throw at me.