As the weather becomes nicer, I am led outside more evenings to practice skateboarding under the streetlights. There is a reason why I am writing about the parallels of skateboarding and the creation of a painting and I will discuss some of them in this post.
I am by no means a proficient skater, but this is perhaps why I feel such excitement in the early stages. Similar to the early goings of painting, I felt that even the small steps forward were great leaps. And there is an element of the duality of my activities, a stationary activity of painting with mental strain, versus a physical activity that involves real danger as opposed to psychological fear. The fear of both are interesting to compare also, but it really is a breakdown of practice and mental preparation. The fear I have of making a "bad" painting though, is my greatest fear. But I wont lie, rolling quickly and jumping over a curb puts a living scare into me. In skating, if I decide to jump over an object or do a series of movement, it all as to be plotted out beforehand and I must get a feel for the object that I am jumping over.
So, this feeling, I think comes from practice; many hours on the board or with a brush in the hand in order to execute the objective that I have in my mind. So I muse a lot while I am alone skateboarding and painting.
As a transportational medium, skating allows me to ride up and down the street on a basic level, and jump over a curb on the next level. So I must conquer my fear of falling and practice enough to be able to jump over a curb so that I can travel to more places with ease and attain higher levels.
Not over-thinking is another element in both these activities. It is a brush and colored dirt with various media, just as a skateboard is a piece of wood with four wheels, yet both can provide so much joy. But it's not easy to clear my mind, as I ask myself ,"what if I fall?" The creativity of both activities is another element which attracts me. With practice, I can paint anything I can imagine. And with practice, I can turn the street into an analyzed area to test my limits. And I think that that is what it's all about. Testing limits. I hope you all have some activities that exercise your minds in different ways and keep you physically active. Testing limits in the gym/painting/and falling on my ass on a skateboard.
That's the other thing, I fall a lot while skating, but I know it's the only way to improve. So I know I will make a terrible painting many times before I get back up and try it again.