I not only created ART last year but I shared it, too. I realize I’m not nearly as fearful as I once was and one of the ‘scary’ stories I’ve dropped is comparison. Sharing in safe spaces with kindred souls who encouraged and inspired was my first baby step. And I embodied an expression I used in my art; art from my heart = ‘hArt’.
We three friends are reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. And we’re holding a virtual book club with our cuppas on Sunday. Perfect weather (its even cold in Florida) for tucking in and reading and writing. Grab your hot beverage of choice and join us!
Liz asks, “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” And as I read I gave a resounding, Yes! Fear feels more like butterflies than breaking out in a cold sweat, it makes me feel I’m headed ‘true north’ if I’m out of my comfort zone.
This resonated and may become a piece of quotography: “The hunt to uncover those jewels—that’s creative living.”
She goes on to share, “When I refer to creative living…I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.” Curiosity feels childlike and playful to me and that’s how making art (any kind of art) makes me feel and I want more, more, more of it in my life.
And this resonates deeply: “Your fear will always be triggered by your creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome, and fear hates uncertain outcome.” I am definitely learning to release outcomes and expectations in art and allow it to be and evolve, for me this is about rewriting the story that I am in control and learning to let go.
I relished Susan’s story of figure skating as an adult and realizing she hadn’t felt joy like that since she had stopped skating in her teens. “Skating is still the best way for her to unfold a certain beauty and transcendence within her life that she cannot seem to access in any other manner.”
Big Magic inspired me to create this piece of art combining a quote (from Liz of course!) with a photo for ‘quotography’. The original art is an oil paining by local artist Lisa Woodward titled Celebrate, isn’t it gorgeous!?