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Is “reality” real?

Powerful (20 x 20)
Powerful

Big question that friends and I have been throwing around lately.

What exactly IS “reality”?

According to Wiki this is what “reality” is:  Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.[1] Reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still broader definition includes that which has existed, exists, or will exist.

Hmmmmmm…

What is reality to me, is not necessarily reality to another.   For instance, I believe that I can create my own reality.  My reality is that I am a visionary, intuitive artist and writer who came here to quite simply, well, for the sake of simplicity, be me.  Follow my intuition.  Write and paint things that make you think.  Plant seeds of consciousness. I’m a seeker – of wisdom, knowledge and unseen truths.

HOWEVER…..this may be quite different or uncomfortable for someone else….they may want to follow rather than lead….and judge those who don’t believe as they do.  To make others fit into their parameters of “reality”.  I wonder why, as humans, we do this?  (I have my theories, but, I would be interested to know your opinions!!)

There is a price, however, to conscious decisions, and you may have to deal with losing those people, places and things that no longer fit your reality.

BONUS!!!

For example, I lost a gallery, (disclaimer – I was ready to leave anyway, because of – well – a wide variety of reasons!) because during a five minute interview on television, while I was doing a demo about my upcoming show Spiritual Journey, the interviewer kept asking (several times) what a “spiritual journey” meant to me, (Mind you, I was trying to paint!), I blurted out the only thing that came to mind – “I don’t believe in God – instead I believe we ARE God!”.  My gallery owner used that as a reason to “part ways” because she said, “after all, it was a Spiritual Journey show”, and I said “EXACTLY!”

Our realities clearly were not the same!!!

Good news is that this gallery clearly did and does not fit who I am.

Did I have to deal with consequences of my words – yup – but, it’s all a part of the journey.

MY JOURNEY.

MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.

Will I have to adjust my reality?  Of course – but, I believe that everything happens for a reason.

Why is it that so many of us use the excuse that “they aren’t grounded in reality” to say adios to people?  Instead of asking questions?  Getting to know the person, rather than making judgments?  Opening one’s mind to possibilities rather than following the M”asses”?

You all know people on social media who are miserable and post about all of their victim issues.  And, guess what they continue to receive???   DUH!!!

Change perception.  Change reality.  Look for the silver lining rather than all of the Debbie Downer stuff!!!

#justsayin

May We Walk Together as One.

Here’s to the game changers!

Love,

Paula

 

I Really Don’t Give a S#!T!

Warrior Goddess (36 x 36)
Warrior Goddess (36 x 36)

Interesting thing happened a couple of weeks ago.   Any painting that I have created in my career as an artist and posted on FaceBook, I constantly check to see how many likes I receive.  Call it insecurity.  Call it wanting to be liked (after all – what we create as an artist is an extension of who we are – we put our souls on canvas….at least some of us do!!!)  Call it ego.   Call it whatever you want to call it.

But, I think it happens to most of us.

My mantra for this past year has been to create authentic art.

The kind of art that my soul – my guides – my muse – BEGS, INSISTS and DEMANDS me to paint!!!!!   It’s not always easy, and sometimes my creations fall flat (translation – unsaleable!!).

I do it anyway.

I even tried an experiment a year ago, providing two galleries with cows (that they were begging me to paint), that my soul didn’t go into.  I furthered that experiment this year taking those unsold paintings to a benefit sale where my cows fly off the wall like hotcakes….but….they didn’t.  Not a single one sold!!!  NOT ONE!!!!   And they were priced cheap.

Hmmmmmm…….

I came back and decided – F**K it!!!!  I’m painting what I’m being asked to paint.

And I posted it.

With this:  “Oh holy s#!%!!!!!! I don’t even care if NO one likes her…I’ve been wanting to do abstracted figures… and I love doing this!!!  I’m loving playing with pigments. And textures.  Definitely a HUGE learning curve, but, SO DAMN FUN!  I’m a giddy (and happy) camper.”

And, I really didn’t care.

For the first time since I have started painting – I really didn’t give a rat’s A$$ what a single soul thought. It was creation of the purest form.   I lost all track of time – and honestly – I can’t remember ever not caring a bit.

And, of course, admonishment came.

Sorry, but you are the first one to judge and tag your artwork by saying, -I don’t care if no ones like her-What make you think that? It’s like saying, well is not that pretty but I like it because I had fun. Mixed words caused some confusion.”

Of course – those words made me think – and came with perfect timing….Thank you GUS (God, Universe, Spirit)!!!!!

Maybe for the commentor, this was true……but……she has no idea what my path and my journey are all about.  It’s taken my whole life to finally be able to say (and mean it) that I really didn’t care what people think.

Many artists are finding themselves in the same boat as I am in.  They are torn between being “art factories” and creating art that sells, and yet, their souls scream “CREATE FOR THE SAKE OF CREATING!!!”

I believe now more than ever the world needs the messages that come through us…it’s why we were/are called to be artists.   I will say that I don’t believe that this calling is for everyone.  I think it is for those of us that KNOW that we are here to change the world by being authentic.  By simply being who we are.   AND, I believe that if we following our authentic calling with integrity, that GUS will take care of us.

I’m a creator.  I love trying new materials.  I love figuring out how to make it work for me in my style.

I LOVE THE PROCESS!!!

And, fellow creators, that intangible JOY translates to your creations!!!   Your peeps (and also, your non-peeps) can feel it.   When you get a comment like – “I don’t know why I am drawn to your art – but – I HAVE to have it.” – that’s how you know that you have created something that carries the one thing that some artists don’t have – the soul factor.

Create.

Rinse.

Repeat.

No fear.

Just pure soulful, authentic, joyful creation.

May We Walk Together As One.

Much Love,

Paula

Disconnect-ed

I think that, for the most part right now….(and I’m NOT speaking for everyone), we are disconnect-ed.  We have grown up thinking and being taught one way, and yet, our intuition, our heart, is saying another.   Or it is a combination of the two – or a HUGE internal battle. I’m only speaking for myself…Continue Reading

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