My inner voice has been whispering to me, “honour your art,” for at least a year now. So this month, I decided to challenge myself to post a piece of my art for 30 days. Today is day 17. The fun part for me has been creating a mini installation for each piece that often includes India ink brush painting, stones, paper pieces, flowers and leaves. When I draw outside of the painting I am drawing pathways for a journey beyond the art. The flowers, leaves and fabric are energy points for contemplation along the way.
I also write a small passage that gives insight into the piece from my perspective. I really like it when people start to imagine when they look at my art so I like my stories to provide a launching point for the imagination to take over. The stories are often excerpts from a journey.
At the mouth of the cave she discovered a wheel that turned and opened to the cool, wet air of a dark tunnel. She began her descent and soon came to what seemed like a hearth, light source, life source.
Needing a retreat from her adventure she was happy to arrive at a village with homes rich in colour and texture. It was the colours that inspired her to choose a house like tent. Sleeping and dreaming came easily.
Or some words to inspire….
Like a butterfly, she follows her instincts.
At the centre, she sees the chaos around her. Fear dissolves and she knows her next step.
There is a sense of learning and understanding that develops in the process of repetition and staying with a certain task. I do feel like my art is more valuable now that I have been honouring it in this way. I can see it and feel it more clearly. When I create, I surrender to the energy and messages that I receive. I get glimmers or words that tell me which colour, or image to create next. If nothing comes I leave it and move to another piece. Forcing it doesn’t work. The more I trust that flow the greater the adventure.