In our community, “art season” is in full swing! I know a lot of artists (including you know who) are working hard to frame that last print, paint those last brushstrokes, get those hidden corners of their studios ready, taking vitamins to ward off fatigue and colds...in preparation for Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours.
Be patient with your artist friends!
Artists, take a moment just for YOU. Appreciate your God-given talents. The world will love your art (at least those who count!)
This morning I spent time reading and reflecting. “Be still and know that I am God,” is a favorite scripture that reminds me - that it is not all about what I am doing that counts. I need to stop, relax, and be open to the gifts that flow through me.
The song “Let It Go” from the film Frozen tells part of it. Many philosophies echo these sentiments…because they hold truth.
When you let go, you create space for something better.
When you let go something magical happen, you give God room to work.
Sometimes letting go is an act of far greater power than the act of hanging on. ~Eckhart Tolle
You only lose what you cling to. ~Buddha
Let go and let God.
If you are stressing out over your creative pursuits, it may be time to step back. I often forget that my creativity is a gift, a time to enjoy the dance and to let things happen on the canvas or paper.
Spontaneity is when the most magical things happen in art. You will remember the “rules” you learned about color harmony or perspective, but allow yourself freedom to break creative rules or play with them as you like.
Most inventors tell you it is when they were in a relaxed state-the invention came to them.
An excellent film about the powerful and delightful spontaneity of creativity is the 1968 (yes it’s a bit blurry on You-tube, but worth the viewing) Why Man Creates. I remember seeing this film in school in elementary school. In fact, Saul Bass’ Why Man Creates won the Academy Award for Documentary Film Short Subject.
Turn off your phone, find an area where you can get messy,
play your favorite music or enjoy silence
and do not worry about what the critics say.
“Playing around” is crucial to creativity.
Note: As our lives have been shaken by COVID 19, I invite you to check into my blog for encouragement and creative activities. Be well. May God keep you safe.
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