While I dabbled in art throughout my 20s, it wasn’t a serious focus of mine, and I didn’t think I had any talent. I loved art and had favorite artists; however, my grandmother was the true artist in the family, and I was glad to leave that craft to her.

In November 2015, I was introduced to blind contour drawing through an art teacher at school. I tried it and I was hooked! Drawing morphed into painting. I felt that anything I created would look strange and not perfect. My inner critic no longer had a voice, and I was given this new freedom to create without judgement.

Around the same time, I decided to take a three month social media break during the Winter Solstice — a time for things to hibernate or die, in order to come back recharged and renewed. I compared my media break to Thoreau’s adventure at Walden Pond. When Winter ended, I emerged as someone who could not stop painting and drawing. My life changed. I changed.

I created this blog to share my process in art and words. My focus now is on art. Occasionally, I write and post my poems or flash fiction; however, I feel that I’m in a dry spell…so, I paint! I am continually inspired by the world around me. Life is beautiful and so full of wonderful surprises. A year ago, I never dreamed I would be painting.

Take the leap…enjoy the journey!

If you would like to purchase any of my paintings, visit my Etsy shop:  My Art Shop on Etsy

You can also find me on Facebook: NanLehnertArt


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