Why, Hello There!
I'm Patty Middlebrooks...
Eternal Optimist and
Lover of People and Life's Grand Adventures.
I bet you're wondering...
"What the heck is an accidental artist?"
Well, here's my story...
stick with it, it's a good one!
Confessions of a serial crafter
On my journey to becoming an accidental artist, I started out as a "multi-passionate" crafter dabbling in all kinds of creative endeavors: jewelry making, paper crafting, book binding, paper making, rubber stamping, scrap-booking, card making, chalk painting, soap making, glass fusing, rock painting... you name it, I probably tried it! I guess you could say I was a serial crafter who never quite found her creative true love.
I had given up on cultivating a creative life in exchange for raising a family of three boys and becoming an entrepreneur. Life was busy and there was no time for creative play, so I packed up my inner artist and all my art supplies and stowed them away in the "attic of life".
Fast forward 21 years... My boys are grown and we decided to fulfill a life long dream of moving to Southern California and living at the beach. Settling in was very easy and life was amazing... but very quiet. One day it hit me - now what?? I'm 52 years old, in the second half of life and have nothing but time on my hands - YIKES! Who am I? What do I really want to be and do when I grow up??
I decided to take this quiet time to be curious about myself; to reflect, do some soul searching and unpack those boxed stowed away long ago in the attic of life. I loved rediscovering what I had packed away! It was a joy reviving the parts of me that had been dormant for so long. I reclaimed so many wonderful things I had long forgotten about myself ... my child-like spirit, untamed curiosity, wild imagination, love of risk taking and adventure, playfulness, creative spirit, inner artist, and my art and craft supplies!!
So, what's a girl to do with all this reviving, rediscovering and reclaiming? Take an art class and search, once again, for her creative true love of course! That is when I discovered and fell in LOVE with Mixed Media Art.
This class became an unexpected voyage into my heart and soul as well as the world of mixed media art. This accidental adventure taught me so many things: I learned that I could take all my past creative endeavors and combine them all into one perfectly imperfect art form. I learned how to simply PLAY with paint, paper, stamps, stencils, markers ... and have FUN! I learned how to let my heart lead the way in the creative process; to experiment, take creative risks, be outrageously curious, make impulsive creative decisions, let my child-like spirit and imagination run wild, and give my inner artist permission to proudly create. My creativity was unleashed and so was my joy! I painted, shredded, stenciled, smudged, smeared and stamped, making perfectly imperfect mixed media art like my heart depended on it, because it did!
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
Now my fun, messy, beautiful, satisfying, creative life includes the opening of Meaning-Full Art, my studio, gallery and "classroom". It is here where I create whimsical, heartwarming art and soulful gifts with the hope and intention that my artwork will be shared in a way that leads to a meaningful connection between people and inspire love, joy, hope and peace.
In the studio I play, paint, craft, giggle and do my happy dance. In the gallery I sell my art and the art of other like-hearted artists. In the "classroom" I share what I have learned about cultivating a creative life and teach others how to play with paint and paper to create art they love.
I am so grateful for this grand adventure, feeling blessed and amazed by life's abundant gifts. Life is good!