Saturday, August 18, 2012

Embrace Your Artistic Self

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." -Joseph Chilton Pearce


A few weeks ago my friend Lisa and I were talking about our art. Lisa is the High School  art teacher at Maryville High School and owns the coolest place in town...The Art Experience. I am blessed to work in her studio several times a month as well as teach classes. Like a dream come true, really!

Anyway, so we were talking about her shop and the vision she has for it and how it's been a year but at last it's all coming together. I am so proud of her for going after her dream!! So as we were talking I let it all spill out about how I was so nervous to talk to her...let alone show her my work. She is my daughter's teacher...so I knew her that way and had told her about my work but never had I shown her anything of mine.

So I told her about how intimidated I was to show her my work. And about how badly I wanted to work for her but was too scared to ask.

She was shocked. She really was. She started to laugh and asked me..."Why?"

The answer was easy...I thought she'd laugh at my art. Say it wasn't really art and who are you kidding when you say you create...art? That's not art...I don't know what it is...it's just not art.

As I kept going on and on about how I thought she would not get my work at all and how I just KNEW she would never let anyone like me work in her studio she stopped me. She reminded me that what is art to some....may not be art to others....and that was okay. But who are we to judge? Who are we to say...That's not art?

I love that!!!

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.



Since our talk that day I have been on fire. I am looking at my art very, very differenly. I love my style and have decided to embrace it rather than try to change it. Because honestly...that's what I have been trying to do these past few years...change my style. Only because I didn't think it was good enough.



We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. ~Mary Dunbar


It is time...heck it's past time...to find YOUR unique voice. Chances are you have already found it...you just gotta BELIEVE it.


Keep on creating girls. Keep on being who you are. Listen to your heart.


2 comments:

  1. I LOVE your new banner! I need to figure out how to do my own banner too.

    What a great post too. Isn't it funny that sometimes we don't take what we create as art? I've had that same talk with myself too. I feel as though I haven't found my true style yet. I enjoy the 'she art' canvases but know there's more out there than that for me. Yep, just not sure what yet.

    That's so cool that your daughter's art teacher put you as ease. And she's right - art is different for each and every one of us. There's one famous art that I really don't get - it's just thrown paint on a canvas to me! ;-)

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  2. So proud of you . . . Happy post, and brave girl you are! So glad you had the courage to talk to Lisa. The sky is the limit, my friend!!!

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