“Sunny Side of the Street, French Style”
6 x 6in oil on museum quality panel
There is a naïveness, a childlike approach that happens when we first try something new like painting.
We are simply happy with the process.
We enjoy the results and are eager to do it again.
Somewhere on the path though, we start to pick up the fears, perfections, patterns of the collective art world around us.
We “grow up”.
We become fearful, stilted, stymied, and sadly we are confirmed in our thinking
Given a nod that this is how it works.
Sometimes it feels as if the collective way of thinking and approaching your gift is to give you just enough hope to keep you alive,
not enough to thrive,
or experience JOY,
just enough to keep you from starving to death.
Is this really how our lives are intended to be?
Is this where collective thinking about what “great” art is, leads to?
So that you can see how far from the mark you really are
and how unlikely you are to ever get there?
Remember why it was that you became an artist.
Embrace that story of who you are.
Return to the Source.
All the JOY, the smiles, the passion of when you first began to paint emanated from somewhere within you.
Shove back the crowd of collective thinking of what art is.
Allow room for your Source to breathe your gift.
Rest in the knowledge that you have been given exactly what you need
to be the artist that you were born to be.
Change the collective thought
your individual greatness.