I'll Not Fade Away, Agnes Friedlander, 24" x 30", Available
It's Friday, another cold day with the promise of hot weather this weekend. I drove my hubby to work this morning with Barney in the back. Barney barks when Mark leaves the car, and it hurts my ears. Back here at home where I work, it's casual Friday every day. More and more of my clothing has paint splatters on it. I don't really care any more.
It's been a bit of a challenge lately, actually painting. I mean painting "for me" kind of paintings. Paintings that come from that deeper, hidden place. The kind that make you want to be an artist in the first place. And it's not because of the weather, it has been cold and dreary enough to want to stay in and get things done... it's because of my other business. My paint party business is booming - which is great - but it has a tendency to take up all of my time.
So what really matters? And how do I do more of that?
I get it, we are all busy, we're all being pulled in so many different directions. But if you have stuff inside of you, stuff you've been carrying that needs to be expressed... well, you've just gotta let it out. Some how Some way. Your stuff may be what someone else needs to see or hear. Or maybe it's not that heavy, maybe you just need a little bit of playtime. Just a few minutes of creative messing around. Let go of something. Find balance.
Surely we all have little tricks to allow for those moments to occur. Do you have any? I have one or two, if I may. Now you don't need a lot of space, but you DO need some creative space. Even if it is just a small corner table with a few markers or crayons, stamps, paper, brushes, whatever. It doesn't matter really. As long as you have a designated area, a visual space to remind you to sit and just draw or paint or think. Sounds overly simple but try it. Claim a spot for your hidden self to become more human.
Its about time, its about space... I have an entire basement studio that I can go to. Yes, I am very blessed. Yes it's taken my entire life to finally have such a space. But there is still the issue of making the time. So, yes.... I actually schedule it into my calendar. And I set a reminder alert. It works. But you may have to do something else, figure out what will work for you and your life! Because, after all you're never going to know where your passion can lead you unless you nurture it. It can all be very magical. And you might meet so many wonderful people along your path.
Be open-minded, just make something. Even if it's ugly, it's part of your process. Every ugly bit teaches you. All creatives make a ton of ugly. Nobody tells you that. For the dozens of lousy pieces of art I've made, I have managed to make a few beautiful pieces. It's not easy being an artist, we really do have to be fearless and you really do need to keep pushing even when you don't feel like it.
I recently took an online painting class. I couldn't keep up with the rest of the class because I had so much going on. But that's okay, I went back and completed each assignment when I was ready. That's what is so nice about online classes, especially when you are allowed access to the content for a year or sometimes even for a lifetime. (I hope to develop a few classes to offer withing the next year.)
I loved this online class so much that I signed up for a few more. Now I'm really busy juggling my paint party business with all of the lessons I want to get done. I probably have 15 paintings going right now. But that is part of my process, I think it is good to set a painting aside and come back to it.
Here is my latest painting, "I'll Not Fade Away" and there are several more paintings I will do from this online class. But I am pretty happy with how this one turned out. If you are interested in purchasing this painting please contact me here.
“... to be human
is to become visible
what is hidden
as a gift to others...”
― David Whyte