…..and disturbing the comfortable.
It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s a special calling for a few artists whose soul and higher self begs for them to create art along with messages that are controversial.
And particularly challenging for those artists who are susceptible and worry about what others think, because of their wounding, and life’s lessons. And, for those who were raised very “traditionally”, it presents a whole other plethora of issues.
All I can present is MY story – but I think that many other artists are in the boat with me.
Making pretty “acceptable” art is fun – and there is always a place for this…But, I KNOW that some of you are being called to bring in messages…and it’s scary.
I started traditionally – cows, sheep, roosters, pigs – fun and delightful, and near and dear to my soul.
And then, IT started.
It began with a message from a very well known artist – “Don’t let galleries pigeon-hole you. Don’t paint for them. It will stifle your creativity – the messages you are to bring through.”
Abstraction started – followed by “beings and angels” – and then – the messages became as important as the paintings.
I HAVE to paint these.
It has become even clearer to me after these past three months of intense introspection and lessons. I know that many of us are going through the eye of the needle right now – with Spirit/God asking us if we are truly committed to the path that we chose. It is taking HUGE amounts of courage, dedication, and shedding to get to where we are – and I applaud each an every one of you for NOT FOLLOWING THE M(ASSES)!!!
Creatives – all creatives – that are authentic to their paths, are the ones that are bringing in the new consciousness – the change that is needed. We bring in questions – we bring in light – we bring in joy and love.
One of my latest paintings is a great example of listening to my knowing – being petrified to put it out there – and doing it anyway:
It’s called Faces in the Crowd – and here is the message:
A message about society.
About the way so many walk around like zombies.
Willing to follow the masses.
Not questioning, or thinking for themselves.
Becoming empty, because they fill themselves up with things, and busy themselves with jobs that they don’t care about….
Not finding time to play.
Look at the sky.
Just finding time to BE.
Instead they try to keep up with the Jones’…(no pun intended).
Losing themselves in the Crowd, rather than standing out, because they have been taught that standing out is a “bad” thing.
How will YOU stand out today?
May we walk together as one.