“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin
“The artist never entirely knows — We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark” ~Agnes de Mille
The photo today is one of my original works called “Unraveled.” It is available for purchase in the Espirational Gallery. Remember during June only there is a 20% discount on all purchases.
Have you ever spent days, weeks, months or even years searching for something, or wrestling with ideas that just won’t fall into place? This pretty much describes me as I have been trying to figure out and develop my identity as an artist.
I have struggled with everything from what to call myself,, to whether I am a “real artist” or just a “wanna be,” to whether my technique is proper or good enough. And it has kept me from creating my art.
Then I began having a series of epiphanies. First the river/lake where we live froze and I was aware of texture all around me. I took pictures which I shared with others and they began to see textures around them. I realized this is what my work as an artist is all about — helping people see things they have never seen or see things in a new way.
Several weeks later I was talking to a neighbor and she mentioned the word texture in reference to clouds. As I walked and continued to think about that I realized that I am a mixed media artist and the materials I use, which include textiles, fiber and found objects give me the perfect opportunity to create and convey texture in my work.
I had recently been reading articles on business for artists. In article after article I read that real artists don’t wait to be inspired, they find out what will sell and they work full-time turning it out. Anyone who does anything less is at best an “amateur.”
Well I guess I am an amateur then. I also guess I will pretty much stay that way. At first I was offended by those remarks and started questioning whether I really was an artist, but there is no denying it.
I have always been and will always be an artist. People may call me what they want but I have the eyes, mind and heart of an artist. Being an artist is who I am not what I do. Attention to detail and the ability to see things in different ways and develop new ways of doing things serves me well in my daily life as well as in my art.
Artists have a tendency to create their own little worlds and take up residence there. That has scared me a little as I have often feel pressured to stay grounded and present in the physical world. At times I have felt that perhaps part of my calling is to be an “interpreter” of the physical world, but I get world-weary and sometimes long to retreat into my own personal art world. Now I am beginning to feel the call to at least visit that other world artist’s come from more often.
For many years I was led to believe that I had to constantly “work on” myself. That I had to deal with all the bad stuff and get things right before I could have a real life. While I am sorry for the years that kind of thinking cost me I am grateful that I did finally realize how wrong that was.
Answers don’t always come by focusing all our attention on and struggling with questions. Sometimes answers come while we are going about our daily life.
These words from the song You Will Do Amazing Things by Megon Mc Donough and Jana Stanfield say it all. “Sometimes deepest answers come when you’re out there having fun.” Please join me in listening to this beautiful song. You will do amazing things. Be open to it. Believe it.
Have you ever noticed how much of life is about just showing up.? Can you think of good things in your life that happened because you just showed up?
Some of my best photographs happened because I dragged myself out of bed and down to the lake before 6 AM to watch the sunrise. Some of the best conversations have come from chance meetings with friends or complete strangers because we happened to be in the same place at the same time. I even met my husband by taking a chance and showing up for a new job.
Be open to life, show up and hang on. You are in for an adventure.
“Your soul is infinitely creative. It is alive and expansive in nature. It is curious and playful, changing with the tides of time.” Debbie Ford
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/creative
“The art of peaceful living comes down to living compassionately & wisely.” – Allan Lokos
“Altogether, the idea of meditation is not to create states of ecstasy or absorption, but to experience being.” – Chögyam Trungpa
On great thing about the technology we now have is that through email lists and apps we can have positive inspiration delivered to us daily, weekly, monthly or however we choose. I subscribe to several email lists. Sometimes I add new ones, and sometimes I trade out old ones for something new. These are a few I am familiar with. Of course you have Espirational for your daily inspiration and I hope you will continue to use us in that way. However, having a little more inspiration never hurts.
Some of these are also available as daily posts on blogs or websites, but I prefer to have them com directly to me via e-mail.
Guideposts offer a variety of free email newsletters. Sign up on the webpage.
Present Moment Reminders are brief monthly emails from Eckhart Tolle.
Today’s Word with Joel and Victoria Osteen
Love Ted Talks? Sign up to get a new one sent to your email daily.
Notes from the Universe are fun daily e-mails from the Universe (and Mike Dooley).
Daily Inspirations from Neal Donald Walsch author of Conversations with God.
The Daily Smile from People Magazine
Daily Good – News that inspires.
Merriam-Webster Word of the Day – It never hurts to learn a new word.