Doesn’t fit what? Who? When? Where? Why? How? I think you may be getting the picture. Does it fit who you are? Does it fit where you are in your life? Does it serve a purpose – Like providing you with a creative outlet if nothing else?
Then WHY DO WE CARE? What makes us so susceptible to what others think? And what they think we should/shouldn’t paint? Isn’t the purpose of being an artist to create what your soul is asking….no…..BEGGING…you to do?
The creative process is the most magical thing we can do for our souls. It makes no difference WHAT it is that you do. Gardening, writing, singing, dancing, cooking, picking a bouquet and arranging it…It’s what puts us in touch with our higher self…our God self… It is through our creativity that we create new worlds…provide material for people to ponder, love, marvel at, and enjoy. Provide that connection for someone else to get in touch with THEIR God self…THEIR soul.
Now more than ever, ORIGINAL creativity is needed. Now more than ever, we are being asked to be totally authentic and in integrity to who we are. Now, more than ever….we need all of our God Sparks.
The world is going through massive changes. Changes that need to happen, and will most likely be challenging to most of us. But, our connection to our higher power, will help ground all of us.
I’ve been asked, “What should I paint?”. “My husband tells me that landscapes are selling, and that I should paint landscapes. What do you think?” (I’m betting that the majority of you know my answer to this before I even type it!!!)
Do you like painting landscapes?
“But, my husband says they are selling.”
And if your husband told you to jump off a bridge, would you do that? (Thanks Dad for beating that into my head!)
So is painting something because he says it sells.
Nothing sells (ok – a lie – but a teeny one), unless there is SOUL in it.
Here is an example: I used to paint mostly cows. I LOVE cows, and the memories that they bring about time spent on my grandparents farm. A gallery of mine ONLY wants cows, and begged me to paint them….I acquiesced….and painted a few….and guess what….not a single one has sold. Oh, they are good – but, they don’t have that soul factor.
Honestly, painting the beings along with the messages that come with them, freaks me out a bit. What if my peeps think I’m crazy? What if no galleries want them? They don’t fit any particular genre, and yet, they’re me. They’re my journey. They’re my story. They are my SOUL!!!
Do I care what people think? Sigh…yeah…a bit….but I know that this is my path and that I HAVE to follow my path. I haven’t come this far to not follow my intuition. It’s led me to this point with very few mishaps – a ton of learning opportunities – but, no major mishaps.
So…I want to remind you – paint what you feel – write what you want – AND, DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING!!!
May we walk together as one…
Freaking LOVE this Paula! I go through this torturous questioning of WHAT I should paint all the damn time. But I have recently been given 3 VERY loud messages (like WHAM – are you paying attention???) that said do your OWN thing, follow your OWN heart and stop trying to please others or be “marketable”. So grateful for that guidance. Thanks for being a wayshower and shining the light lovely lady!
awwwww…. thank you so much. AND, thank you for the confirmation!!! I think we all need it!!!
I think this is awesome. Is this painting for sale?
April…. Yes, it is.. It is Titled “Layers of Her Life” and is a 12 x 12. $450, shipping included.
Thank you so much
I have been obsessed with painting pictures of chairs for a long time. Friends like them even though they always ask why I don’t have a figure in them. But galleries don’t seem to want to come near them! And I struggle to fulfill my dream to have an exhibition of chair paintings. It’s true what you say which is be true to yourself and so I continue on my pathway wondering which other direction it might take me.
You go girl!