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  • Writer's pictureGuylaine Richer de Lafleche

Awakening My Psyche with an Afternoon Art Session


I was walking my dog this morning when two leaves fluttering in the wind caught my eye. From where I stood, I saw not two leaves but the wings of a butterfly, and I was inspired to paint. ⠀

Breaking down the walls of perfectionism is one of my biggest challenges in this life. I use to draw when I was younger but eventually I stopped because I was afraid of making mistakes. Since then, my psyche has been longing for me to pick up my pencils but I chose not to listen. “I’m not ready to create,” I would tell myself and my dreams. Sometimes, I grew frustrated that they kept asking. Lately, however, something inside of me has “switched” and I feel ready to create, like the caterpillar transforming into the butterfly.

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.” A quote by Alice Walker that genuinely helped me to move beyond the barriers of my mind and into my heart, where I know my mistakes aren’t mistakes at all, but rather the nature of my art.⠀

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