Instead of mapping out a course for yourself, or following your usual path, take an intuitive wander instead... *
I start out in frustration. I don't like what is on the canvas so I 'paint the fence' in shades of orange (realizing just now how my color choice mirrors my mood)...
Be gentle with yourself (and others)... *
I begin adding layers and textures, turning the canvas this way and that...soon, a picture begins to emerge.
Take what works, and bless the rest...*
I begin to see a cityscape, rising above a park. Central Park, perhaps? I slowly begin to calm the brushstrokes down, allowing images to emerge. Still unfinished, I can see more objects calling to me. Can you see them as well? Trees, flowers, bushes, a path leading to...a pond, perhaps? A garden? By softening my gaze I can see a scene emerge. Magic.
More to come. I look forward to seeing what unfolds.
* All quotes attributed to Flora Bowley. If you would like to learn more about her intuitive process check out the video and information in my sidebar .
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Last week, after posting this post on Facebook, a friend wrote and expressed her envy of my being able to pursue my passion. She then went on to critique my painting, offering suggestions on how I could improve upon what I had done so far.
I was immediately transported back to tenth grade, sitting next to a friend in the auditorium of our high school. She was showing me a drawing she had done and I (in a moment of insecurity and jealousy) pointed out what was wrong about her composition. I will never forget that moment; I knew right away I had hurt her. I later apologized but the damage was done; there was now a tear in the fabric of our friendship that was slow to mend. It was a hard lesson to learn.
What goes around, comes around. 42 years later, and I now found myself on the receiving end of 'well-meaning' advice. My, how it stung! Her words momentarily caused me to doubt my skill as an artist. It also made me question the reasons behind my sharing my work. Was it because I was looking for applause? Acceptance? To draw attention to myself? Thankfully, with age comes wisdom and I was able to put it in perspective. I share my work because I feel it is an important part of my artistic journey. I share it because of the joy it brings me. I hope it brings you joy as well.
I didn't respond to the email. Sometimes silence speaks louder than words.
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Just one more thing to share. Last week, the Sweet Adelines chorus I am a part of, Harmony on the Sound, won first place in our regional competition! In 2017 we will be headed to Las Vegas once more to compete in Internationals. Watch out Vegas, we're on our way!
Here is a picture of me with a few of my chorus sisters. I am the bride who isn't wearing her cape. This community has been such a blessing in my life!
Until next time,